A company opens its doors and invites people to come in and do business. At what point does the company get to decide who is and is not worthy? If there were a brick-and-mortar, Mom-and Pop facebook-like entity on every other street corner, market theory says that competition will reward the good with success while the bad, by failing its customers, will fail.
I’m saying that FB as it exists has no meaningful competition that could possibly force it to see the error of its ways—in other words, it’s a de facto monopoly, acting at the whim of one individual with all the inconsistencies, idiosyncracies and prejudices that implies. How that’s an improvement over state control escapes me.
I hope the Colorado cake shop whose owner decided that gay customers were unworthy has closed its doors due to lack of business, there being enough other cake shops who don’t discriminate and enough customers who think principles matter as much as price.
I also hope that FaceBook is, someday soon, driven out of business by more ethical competitors; failing that, some body of law must arise to protect the public from arbitrary and capricious censorship (not to mention aggressive, predatory data mining and collusion with the surveillance state). Senator Warren is on the right track.