To the editor: The real threats to democracy are people who reject elections that don’t go their way and who are determined to trash the Bill of Rights. (“Speech in America is fast, cheap and out of control,” Opinion, Aug. 18)
Richard L. Hasen says the demise of the conventional old media means that “kooks” aren’t being filtered out and that echo chambers are being created to reinforce crazy views. Considering where he comes from, such an idiotic statement is as laughable as it is hypocritical.
Academia, like mainstream media, is a leftist echo chamber in which education and news have become propaganda. Alternative media is a natural response to these elites, who arrogantly hurl condescending insults toward everyone who disagrees with them.
So Hasen wants social media to stop this threat by using censorship. Facebook and Google are run by liberal billionaires who’ve already been engaging in these tactics, along with profiting from fake news stories. It reveals how out of touch and intolerant Hasen is.
Pat Murphy, Pacific Palisades
To the editor: Hasen wants laws “requiring social media sites to identify and police false political advertising.” And when disputes arise, will this new police force also act as judge and jury?
With both companies and consumers preferring the lightest possible editorial footprint, there’s no reason social media filtering should become a big problem unless Congress steps in and makes it one.
Michael Smith, Cynthiana, Ky.