Re: Glasses??? Really?
Free speech means you can say whatever you like, not whatever someone else likes.
That's what sophomores who haven't learned critical thinking believe it means. In fact it means nothing of the sort.
"Free speech", as the phrase is conventionally used (by people who aren't idiots), means expression will not be enjoined 1) by the government, 2) prior to the context in which it takes place, and 3) due to its content. The government had no hand in the protest against Facebook or in Facebook's decision. Indeed Facebook's action was voluntary and not compelled by force, regulation, or judicial instruction, so there cannot have been any insult to freedom of expression.
The protesters convinced Facebook that there was a substantial possibility that they could change the incentives for Facebook's present actions. Based on that estimation, Facebook decided to alter its behavior. That is a normal and desirable outcome of a capitalist economy: a business responding to market forces. They were not "forced" to do anything; they decided what they wanted to publish using the means of publication they control.
Liebling's maxim applies here: "Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one". Facebook can publish whatever Facebook wants to publish. If Facebook decides that its interests are better served by rejecting a class of content, that's their right. That is in fact precisely the right they have under freedom of expression. Do you want the government to compel them to publish content they don't want to publish?
If lobby groups (Motion Picture Association of America as just one notable example) starts to force filtering of content, you no longer have free speech and the Internet fails.
That's the sort of overblown panic that tarnishes the image of free-speech campaigners and makes the real work of protecting civil liberties that much harder. Of course "lobby groups" and other entities often "force filtering of content" - that's why they go through the trouble of securing intellectual-property rights in the first place. According to one source, Microsoft alone filed over five million DMCA takedown notices just with Google in a year. "Filtering of content" is a continuous process online. Of course, Internet content has always been restricted in various ways; IP law always applied to it, and there have been other prohibitions, such as the non-commercial restriction on the NSFNet backbone in the early years.
Yet, somehow, we continue to have considerable free speech and we continue to have the Internet.