Brexit. Immigration. Vaccination. Abortion. LGBT rights. MeToo allegations. Pick any controversial subject and social media is the carrier of a virus that is slowly metastasising to corrupt civic discourse and society’s sense of ease with itself. Free speech is not entitled to be be free when it becomes falsehood, undermining the very principles of democracy that allow it to exist in the first place. Like a cancer cell preying on its own host, social media, free from obligation or restraint, is a corrupting force that should be subjected to accountable regulation. Google, Facebook, Twitter et al should be compelled to operate with greater civic duty instead of being the conduit for a torrent of crap every second of every day.