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Private companies can do whatever they want. Do you really want the government to be policing speech on online platforms?

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Is that official government policy? It’s not so 1A still doesn’t come into play. You have a fundamental misunderstanding of the constitution which I find is alarmingly common with ‘constitutional conservatives’.

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So you want more government interference in private business?

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“Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedoms of speech”

Congress. Not Mark Zuckerberg.

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** closes blinds and finishes eating his snickerdoodle sherbet **

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We can have a debate about what kind of policing these companies can/should do on their platforms but it has nothing to do with the first amendment

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Susan, you don’t understand the 1A. But aren’t you glad the newspaper that ran it has the editorial discretion and right to publish whatever (stupid) content they want?

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Is this your opinion piece?

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An opinion page for a small town paper, not necessarily the hard hitting reporting that I'd be looking for on this topic.

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You never had a right to free speech in private arenas. You only ever had a right to speech without government interference

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Can we get a moment of silence for the American education system instead?

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I think everyone is missing the point here. Yes, free speech does not legally apply in private businesses, and the right to free speech is not the same as a right to a platform, but to use that to dismiss the point is a bit of a strawman (i.e. yes everyone agrees 1A as written doesn't apply to private platforms)

The underlying issue is that right now a select (tiny) set of private companies control the platforms for discourse in our country. Insofar as we all use these platforms to engage with public discourse, the benefits and protections that free speech provides don't really come to fruition

What I'm saying is that if you believe free speech is important you should probably be concerned that our first amendment protections as they are written probably aren't getting the job done, even if there's no easy fix available

G1 - yes I am aware of that, but my point is that we are now in a position where exceedingly few people can with no oversight effectively restrict speech. Again I am not saying that this violates the first amendment as it is written, but rather that it is bad because it nullifies a lot of the good things that the first amendment seeks to protect

PS2 - where in my post did I indicate I agreed with those lines of reasoning or do not hold my perspective with good faith? I am not advocating for those false pretenses you mention

C2 - correct, that's what I'm saying when I say that it's not currently something that violates our first amendment as-is and would require a challenging and significant change to address. Making social media a public utility would be one option, but has a lot of other drawbacks. I'm not sure I have a particularly effective or practical solution in mind -- just that it's worth actually discussing the extent to which we're allowing tiny groups to control and facilitate discourse and if we're okay with it

Where did you land on the government saying it was okay for a private business denying service to gay people? Spreading lies and hate speech vs. wanting to buy a cake and being gay.

The government isn’t deciding what points of view are acceptable. Facebook is.

Capitalism baby

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