In an interview on MSNBC on Monday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) argued in the wake of a mass shooting in Buffalo that “misinformation” on social media platforms should be regulated by the government.
Gillibrand stated, “The problem is, you have a mentally ill 18-year-old who had this kind of ideation, who falls into rabbit holes within our social media platforms that aren’t regulated and have no basis, in terms –”
Host Katy Tur interrupted, “Should they be regulated?” Gillibrand responded, “Yes, they should.” She hastened to add, “It’s not about free speech, so let’s be clear.”
Let’s be clear: it is about free speech. The Left’s call to suppress “misinformation” has everything to do with controlling speech.
Asked if one could regulate speech on the Internet without violating free speech, Gillibrand answered, “You don’t have to regulate speech, you can regulate misinformation. You could say, you can’t yell ‘Fire!’ in a theater. You can — there [are] many ways you can abrogate speech rights that are consistent with the Constitution. And for, again, an 18-year-old to develop such hatred in his heart through media platforms that do not have any regulation is a problem. And so, we need commonsense, thoughtful regulation. We need a data protection agency that keeps our data private, that can create frameworks where this makes sense.”
Regulating “misinformation” is violating free speech. Because who determines what is “misinformation”?