Freedom of speech: Voltaire would applaud Trump Twitter ban

French philosopher Voltaire would have applauded the decision to ban Donald Trump on social media.

Contrary to suggestions otherwise, Voltaire would have applauded the decision by Twitter and Facebook to suspend the access of Donald Trump to their platforms. Much like John Stuart Mill, the British philosopher and guru of classical liberalism, Voltaire supported criminal laws against libel, slander, incitement to violence and treason. Mill is credited with developing “the harm principle” under which laws restricting personal freedom should be promulgated “to prevent harm to others”.

Freedom of speech: Voltaire would applaud Trump Twitter ban

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