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    Does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights apply to Facebook, in relation to freedom of expression?
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    If you mean "Can I say whatever I want", no. I'm fairly certain it doesn't apply to life in general. We don't, and never have had, total freedom of expression.
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    It should do... (I think :confused:)

    Then again there are different laws in other countries etc. which might contradict with laws on speech elsewhere.... So technically we'll never completely have free speech even online.

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    (Original post by Chlorophile)
    If you mean "Can I say whatever I want", no. I'm fairly certain it doesn't apply to life in general. We don't, and never have had, total freedom of expression.
    I am only asking whether the provisions of the Declaration apply - freedom of expression is not an unqualified right.
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    (Original post by RobertWhite)
    Does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights apply to Facebook, in relation to freedom of expression?
    Facebook is a private entity. If the owners want to censor you, they have a right to do so.

    Facebook, as an entity in and of itself, has a right to speech, which the government cannot censor.
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    (Original post by RobertWhite)
    Does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights apply to Facebook, in relation to freedom of expression?
    If you read the UDHR it clearly states that with these rights come responsibilities. The same is even so with the US constitution. You have the right to say you don't like cinemas but you do not have the right to scream 'FIRE FIRE' within a cinema. You have the right to promote backward fascist views, but you don't have the right to advocate that violence toward minority groups (black people, jews, gay people).

    These should be of use, they outline the rights and the responsibility that accompanies those rights:

    http://www.ohchr.org/en/Professional...nsibility.aspx

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declara...sponsibilities
    http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/hr_law.shtml
    http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

    EDIT: the UDHR is not law, it is principle and not entrenched into law by most nations and those that have entrenched it do not always apply it to private companies
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    As someone has said, Facebook is a private company (as in, not owned by a government, even if it is 'public' in the shares sense), so the UDHR doesn't apply to them. Of course, the moral question of whether Facebook should censor certain views is a different thing.
 
 
 

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