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A woman looks at her smartphone while passing by a mural representing seeing eyes, Berlin, Germany, 1 April 2020, Emmanuele Contini/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Government and law enforcement officials – most of whom are men – often seem to fundamentally misunderstand the severity of online gender-based violence, and see it as something minor that “only” happens online, perpetuating the outmoded notion of an online/offline dichotomy.

Private companies have strong legal rights under U.S. law to refuse to host or support speech they don’t like. But that refusal carries different risks when a group of companies comes together to ensure that certain speech or speakers are effectively taken offline altogether.

A burnt U.S. flag at the Capitol Hill riot, Washington, D.C., 9 January 2021, photographer Marco Verch, https://foto.wuestenigel.com/the-deadly-capitol-hill-riots/, Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Last week’s lawless insurrection on Capitol Hill raised a series of questions about free speech, the First Amendment, and protest rights. Should presidents be banned from Twitter and Facebook? Should tech companies refuse to host social networks sites like Parler? What defines “hate speech” and “incitement”?