“Censorship” is the suppression of speech by a government; it is the effort to prevent certain topics from being discussed, or certain speakers from being heard. “Gatekeeping” refers to the editorial decisions made by an individual or organization about the content that they will or will not distribute. The main distinction lies in the scope of the action; censorship is the total suppression of a topic or artistic work, while gatekeeping is simply a decision about distribution. We have a right to free speech but we do not have the right to compel an individual or a company to distribute what we say.
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