Does Flickr Infringe on Free Speech?

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Flickr took down some images of photoshopped President Barack Obama and even banned some accounts. The removal of politically controversial images, many believe, is infringement of free speech.

"Sometime last week they took down a photoshopped image of President Obama that makes him look like the Heath Ledger (Joker) character from The Dark Knight." - techcrunch

Arguments For

Unfair removal of images for political reasons is infringement of free speech on a publishing platform.

"In a rare 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court extended the full protection of the First Amendment to the Internet in Reno v. ACLU, a decision which struck down portions of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, a law intended to outlaw so-called "indecent" online communication (that is, non-obscene material protected by the First Amendment.) The court's decision extended the same Constitutional protections given to books, magazines, films, and spoken expression to materials published on the Internet." - freedom of speech on wikipedia.org

Arguments Against

Flickr wouldn't be the first Corporation that had a political agenda. Flickr is a company, not the entire internet itself, and has no legal requirement to publish any work that it does not wish to.

If you don't like their political agenda, choose a different photo sharing website.


User Comments & Opinion


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2 Voted No

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I think it's part of Flickr's freedom of speech to remove content that they don't like. I've seen companies donate to Democratic or Republican campaigns. - thorie (twitter) vote up image vote down image 0
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No, Flickr has the right to control what content appears on their website as you would on yours. If you want that image hosted put it on another image hosting website or get your own website. - _fraz_ (twitter) vote up image vote down image 0
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