FreeSpeech and Censorship: Thread
grarpamp at gmail.com
Sun Aug 7 23:45:43 PDT 2022
Big Tech and Social Media getting sued by Trump etc for collusion,
"Any government action that is taken to restrict speech,
even if it's a recommendation to private corps, is unconstitutional."
Although the conduct of private parties lies beyond the Constitution's
scope in most instances, governmental authority may dominate an
activity to such an extent that its participants must be deemed to act
with the authority of the government and, as a result, be subject to
constitutional constraints - Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Co., Inc.,
500 U.S. 614 (1991)
The U.S. Supreme Court has held, since at least 1963, that the First
Amendment's "free speech” clause is violated when state officials
issue enough threats and other forms of pressure that essentially
leave the private actor with no real choice but to censor in
accordance with the demands of state officials.
This almost certainly happened. To various social media companies,
forcing them to deplatform, censor, shadowban, and otherwise restrict
speech on their platform at the government's behest.
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