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Profit, not free speech, governs media companies’ decisions on controversy

For decades, U.S. media companies have limited the content they’ve offered based on what’s good for business.

The decisions by Apple, Spotify, Facebook and YouTube to remove content from commentator Alex Jones and his InfoWars platform follow this same pattern.

  • Amanda Lotz
  • The Conversation

My research on media industries makes clear that government rules and regulations do little to limit what television shows, films, music albums, video games and social media content are available to the public. Business concerns about profitability are much stronger restrictions.

Xap 6fMovies are given ratings based on their content not by government officials but by the Motion Picture Association of America, an industry group.

Television companies, for…

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