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- What are the differences between "free" speech and "ethical" speech?
- Could ethical speech conflict with free speech?
- What role do ethics play in communication?
- Provide an example of ethical communication that relates to your research.
- Does the harm from a hate speech lead to restricting the freedom of speech?

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Free" Speech versus "Ethical" Speech

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What are the differences between "free" speech and "ethical" speech?

Freedom of speech is a measure that allows individuals to protest opposition to government initiatives, public circumstances, political agendas, and political administrations as long as the protest, speech and opposition remain peaceful. Freedom of speech enables people to acknowledge opposition of imposed policies or procedures. Freedom of speech gives you an opportunity to disagree as long as the disagreement does not result in violence, as a result of, provoked anger and confrontation that stems from intent to harm others. For example, during the Ferguson protests in the latter part of 2014, protesters exercised their rights to freedom of speech through protests. As tensions between citizens and law enforcement became more volatile the shouting increased, thus creating a negative and violent environment (some protestors shouted obscenities and set police cruisers on fire).Protests, flag burning, war protests are all considered acceptable forms of freedom of speech, as long as an individual does not harm anyone, disrespect the military by burning draft cards, or using obscene language on school property.

In Nevada, on the Las Vegas Strip, peddlers (people who go from place to place distributing small goods) often hand pedestrians or tourists pornographic material to anyone who walks by regardless of whether they refuse to accept it or not. Unfortunately, peddlers were protected under freedom of speech for several years, recently however, the Clark County Commission voted to ban peddlers from the Strip, or at least reduce the majority of peddling activity. This may be an ongoing battle if peddlers dispute a vote that could potentially violate their First Amendment rights of free speech.
It is my belief that freedom of speech is a slippery slope that is in a constant phase of development, as a result of, today's new generation, an ever-evolving culture, the prevalence of innovative technology, and new terms and phrases that are offensive to a diverse sect of people.

Ethical speech is a measure of professionalism for individuals who are a representative of a company, team, or group. Ethical speech is a method that prevents slanderous or defaming speech of an employee, coworker, or colleague. For instance, if a public personality makes a derogatory statement regarding an ethnic group of people an organization may terminate the public ...

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This problem solution evaluates the nature of freedom of speech and ethical speech. We will discover real life examples of the impact of freedom of speech.

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Facebook: Offensive Content Versus Free Speech

The social networking site Facebook has over 200 million active members and is available in 40 languages. Seventy percent of Facebook users live outside the United States, less than a third are college students, and the fastest growing demographic is individuals thirty-five years and older. With this kind of diversity in membership, there are often opposing viewpoints regarding acceptable content. Facebook has rules prohibiting hateful, threatening, or pornographic content or content that contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence. Some content, however, resides in the gray area between natural and obscene, between inflammatory and hateful. When an issue does reside in this gray area, Facebook has to make a judgment call based on its ethics and value system, which may be at odds with its users' values.

In January 2009, Facebook removed pictures of nursing women from personal pages, citing that these pictures violated the policy against nudity. In 2008, Facebook received criticism for not removing content, specifically, the pages of anti-gypsy groups. Members of the UK parliament condemned Facebook for hosting pages that include images of the Ku Klux Klan. And in 2009, Facebook was pressured to remove groups that denied the Holocaust.
No doubt Facebook is in a tough position. They would like to maintain freedom of speech on the Web, but critics argue that Facebook has the responsibility to decide what is appropriate for users within its terms of service and that hate groups should not be tolerated. Issues like these are likely to continue as Facebook adds users with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints. What steps has Facebook taken to deal with these ethical dilemmas?
Currently, Facebook does not actively search for content that doesn't adhere to their policies. Instead, they rely on users to flag this content. Questionable items go before a team that either approves or deletes an item based on their interpretation of the company's guidelines. Facebook also seeks outside counsel, meeting regularly with human rights organizations and even the US Department of State for advice on these issues. In the end, the decision to allow or remove is a judgment call based on the company's values which are clearly not always going to be in line with every user. As a result, Facebook has received some criticism for their decisions. However, it is exceedingly difficult to develop rules that can ethically deal with all issues that arise; subjective judgment will always be necessary.

Discussion Questions:
1. In its current approach, Facebook depends on user complaints before it investigates possibly questionable content. How might this be complicated in a multi-cultural setting?

2. Suppose that Facebook, citing freedom of speech, decides that it will allow individual and group users to post anything, with no restrictions. How will such an ethical stance affect the company's success?

3. Write up a content statement for Facebook - what would you allow, what would you exclude?

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