What I have seen is fundamental confusion iver what "free speech" is.

Generally, it seems people refer to two different things when they talk about free speech.

The first is the negative right to free speech, the basic one most people accept that people have right to speak without threat of violence.


The other sense is much harder to define. The concept of the "marketplace of ideas". Essentially that ideas should be heard out and debated. This is where things get debated, because people will often call what they don't like an attempt to censure free speech.

For example, if people protest someone's message, that still clearly fits under the "free speech" category of the first definition. However, people will debate what that means under the second.

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