However, when it's used for certain purposes, companies have to explore whether or not they are comfortable and which side of the line they are going to be on.” Hundreds gathered outside Austin City Hall on Saturday to rally against white supremacy and hear from activists and elected leaders.Demonstrators wrapped around the exterior of City Hall and helped themselves to free water bottles from coolers to combat the triple-digit heat.They trained generations, built national networks, collapsed their duties as white mothers with those of citizenship, and experimented with a color-blind political discourse.Their work beyond legislative halls empowered the Jim Crow order with a flexibility and a kind of ...Only government entities have to uphold the First Amendment’s right to free speech; private companies can place restrictions.Bracha pointed out that companies don’t even have to talk about how they decide what speech they want to restrict. "But moreover, there is nothing to enable any process because it’s all secret.
Their work beyond legislative halls empowered the Jim Crow order with a flexibility and a kind of staying power.
And if there is something happening that's compromising that, we are going to take a stand and we are going to protect people.” Bumble's not alone.
After Charlottesville, several other online companies began looking at ways to prevent hate groups from using their platforms to harass or mobilize.
Oren Bracha, a law professor at UT Austin who focuses on free speech and digital technology, said he isn’t worried about smaller companies like Bumble, but when big platforms like Facebook and Google restrict speech it can be a problem.
“These days we all know basically much of our speech arena – our democratic speech arena – has migrated to the digital space,” he said.