Sticking up for Hate Speech
I bring this up because of a Joe.My.God. post today that the Evil Ganome pointed me at. The post suggests that users complain to Google about "Kill Batty Man", a blog hosted on Google's Blogspot. Google, many feel, shouldn't be hosting a site that advocates violence against gays. However, Blogger's content policy states: "Hate Content. Hate speech and other objectionable content may be flagged for review by our users. When this happens, Blogger reserves the right to warn others of the potentially offensive content through the use of a warning page." This has been done for the KBM blog, but the blog hasn't been taken down.
In light of the fact that an Egyptian blogger was recently jailed for the content of his blog, I think they're doing the right thing. The author, not the host, is responsible for content. It's appalling, it's disgusting, and it's wrong. But I don't trust anyone to say "this is the line that you may not cross." What makes my opinions acceptable, and his worthy of censorship? I think Google, in this case, is doing a fine job of "not being evil."
[edit: I should mention, by the way, that I'm literally shaking because of how upset the content of the KBM blog made me. It really is very upsetting and awful, which is why it's behind an "upsetting and awful" splash page. I think they have a right to say it, but boy, do I wish I hadn't looked.]