Internet censorship, including extorted by government, must cease.

jim bell jdb10987 at
Thu Oct 22 23:01:46 PDT 2020

This article    has the headline: "Congressional Democrats Threaten Big Tech To Censor Americans Or Else"

If this kind of government-threat can exist, then one solution is to declare that communications over the Internet within wires (and fibers) located within the United States are governed by the First Amendment of the US Constitution. Private companies are availing themselves of a system initiated by a relatively small amount of government research, and developed by other designers and manufacturers.

If 'private companies' wish to communicate over systems OTHER THAN the "internet", they are free to design that system, implement it, and the First Amendment WON'T apply to them.
I'm not sure that this would really qualify as a "libertarian solution", but it is dangerous that "government" is trying to extort organizations like Facebook and Twitter to engage in censorship. This possibility must cease.                Jim Bell
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