There is a case for denying people access to Twitter, but it has to be done with care

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I note this FT headline this morning:


Twitter is doing the right thing.

That said, I do have a problem with censorship, of course. I am aware of how dangerous such precedents can be.But social media has a very clear power to oppress: balanced action to prevent that has to be appropriate. These steps must be taken with care, but the right to free speech is not absolute, and denial of one media outlet is not the same as a denial of the right to express a view. In that case suspensions intended to reduce social tension have a role. Guidelines do, however, need to be very clear.