Freedom of Expression: Quora Liberal Censorship of Conservative Ideas


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The internet has had a powerful impact on many aspects of modern life. In many ways it has democratized speech. Anyone can have their say on gthe internet. But in other ways it has introduced a whole new type of cemsorship. In this case it is not governmnt-imposed censorship, but censorship by powerful internet companies like Google and Facebook. Using algorythms or boased moderation they are censoring out conservative thought. This imcludes both actual posts as well as visibility of those posts. Countless reports from conservatives have surfaced in recent years. We have notived this in our attempted participation in Quora a disscussion site which advertises itself as "a question-and-answer website where questions are asked, answered, edited, and organized by its community of users in the form of opinions. Its publisher, Quora Inc., is based in Mountain View, California. The company was founded in June 2009, and the website was made available to the public for the first time on June 21, 2010. Users can collaborate by editing questions and suggesting edits to answers that have been submitted by other users." Our experience is that Quora Moderatiin has not uncommonly deleted consrvative posts that attract significant numbers of readers. This has happened so often that we have decided to archive the examples of Quora's liberal bias and censorship.

Deleted by Quora Moderation: March 30, 2019

Quora tells us, "Some of your recent content (Dennis Weidner's answer to How many students graduate college in the US each year?) appears to violate Quora's policy on Spam: On Quora, spam is defined as one or more questions, answers or posts whose purpose appears to be to direct traffic to external commercial sites while providing little to no value back to the Quora Community. Note that even if you didn't intend to ask a spam question, questions that attract primarily spam content may also be deleted because of the spam answers they receive. If future contributions do not comply with these policies, you may be blocked from editing on Quora."

Original Question: How many students graduate college in the US each year?

Ann has the data. For more statistical data see: Fast Facts

It seems to me this is not the kind of question that Quira should be used for. It can be easily Googled.

More interesting questions are:
1. Are colleges preparing students for the job market--meaning the skills the country needs?
2. What can be done to lower costs?
3. Should students study topics like medieval French poetry and then complain that they can not find a job?
4. What is the impact of having faculties with overwhelming liberal outlooks?
5. What is the impact of looking at diversity through a racial lens rather the open discussion of diverse ideas?
6. Are speech codes destructive of free speech?
7. Why do so few students come out of college with an understanding of capitalism and its role in building America?

Incidentally I did not disable comments. Someone else did this who does not like my conservative views in an effort to discourage discussion. I do not know how to correct this. Feel free to comment if you want. My eMail is histclo@comcast.net

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Created: 2:31 AM 3/30/2019
Last updated: 2:31 AM 3/30/2019