|Fri Nov 14 2014 20:19:35|
Terrorism and Free Speech in Ecommerce
By: Ina Steiner
Does free speech extend to ecommerce? A reader criticized eBay for not doing a good enough job in enforcing its ban on terrorist-related items, and we delved into the issue in a Newsflash story published yesterday.
Another eBay user wrote today saying he wanted the opportunity to discuss the story.
"There is another side. Restricting free speech or free selling has serious drawl backs. When did the USA become the only nation to declare someone a terrorist? In some countries the United States is the terrorist. One person's terrorist is another person's freedom fighter. I'm fairly certain England thought we were terrorists. I don't support Hamas, but the article was way too simplistic."
Clearly there are some things that make people feel uncomfortable, whether they are legal or not. eBay as a public company decided to draw the line at items that are "offensive," as well as banning illegal goods.
Should people be allowed to sell items glorifying organizations that the government deems to be terrorists? Does free speech even apply to ecommerce?