If the details are new, the lesson of the "Twitter Files" is an old one.

@DavidAFrench argues that in its desire to limit "harmful" speech, Twitter behaved exactly like universities in the era when speech codes ruled campus.

(h/t @thedispatch)


The speech code was born of a desire to protect students and faculty from psychological discomfort.

In many cases it was vague and broadly enforceable, granting administrators extraordinary power over speech.

Something similar happened at Twitter.


In both cases, vague rules, little to no transparency, and ideological monoculture gave rise to double standards on speech.

A better way forward means delivering free speech in accordance with the First Amendment.


Protecting online speech does not mean "anything goes."

Enacted and enforced in transparent fashion, rules barring harassment and obscenity, while protecting viewpoint neutrality, would go a long way towards a successful free speech-rethink.


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