The WikiLeaks Case Reminds Us That The Internet Isn’t Free

“Why have companies like Amazon and PayPal decided that they didn’t want WikiLeaks as a customer? Angry citizens have called for boycotts on online forums, Facebook and Twitter. The different reactions from Internet firms to the WikiLeaks publications reveal a dilemma. Many citizens regard the Internet as a public space, but in fact it is a private sphere. And the companies that control almost all the forums on the Web can, if in doubt, exercise their rights of ownership and ban who they like.”

Source: Der Spiegel 12/09/10