Limitations on free speech often have much farther reaching consequences for censoring discussion than is originally intended because of . People who are afraid of the possibility of sanction will err on the side of caution. As a result, individuals are deprived of their right to speak freely on legitimate subjects and society is deprived of the value of that speech.
In the wake of a controversial new law in Germany, social media companies are subject to fines of up to €50m for failing to remove "clearly illegal" speech from their sites. Overwhelmed by the volume of submissions they are facing, social media companies have erred heavily on the side of caution, censoring valuable speech.