As major tech companies struggle with their responsibilities to the users and communities they serve, the question of what political candidates should be allowed to say in their online postings has emerged as a flash point. Each of the various platforms have taken different approaches to this question, but they each ignore the most important consideration of all: Why is it more advantageous online for a political candidate to be sensational rather than measured?
One in five American adults report getting their news from social media, and they’re spending more than six hours every day online. The internet, most of which is controlled by a handful of large corporations, has become our public square. Political candidates and their campaigns will always go where their voters are.