In a BRAND NEW statement, the Supreme Court of the United States just took a HUGE stance in favor of the First Amendment and freedom of Speech.
Justice Clarence Thomas appeared to signal in a statement that prominent social media platforms should be “common carriers” which basically means they are a medium that the mass-public uses.
Of course, this move is a direct jab at social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, which banned a sitting U.S. President because they didn’t like what he had to say.
Here’s an excerpt of what Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in his statement:
Today’s digital platforms provide avenues for historically unprecedented amounts of speech, including speech by government actors … Also unprecedented, however, is the concentrated control of so much speech in the hands of a few private parties. We will soon have no choice but to address how our legal doctrines apply to highly concentrated, privately owned information infrastructure such as digital platforms.”
“Applying old doctrines to new digital platforms is rarely straightforward … Respondents have a point, for example, that some aspects of Mr. Trump’s account resemble a constitutionally protected public forum. But it seems rather odd to say that something is a government forum when a private company has unrestricted authority to do away with it.”
“This is not the first or only case to raise issues about digital platforms … While this case involves a suit against a public official, the Court properly rejects today a separate petition alleging that digital platforms, not individuals on those platforms, violated public accommodations laws, the First Amendment, and antitrust laws.”
Read his statements in the tweets below:
Justice Clarence Thomas’s thoughts on Free Speech could be a HUGE win for conservatives who fight big tech censorship. pic.twitter.com/F9RyefvNh4
— Noah Griffith (@Noah_Griffith_) April 5, 2021
While social media platforms are private companies, their MASSIVE growth has created issues for people who want to share their voice but can’t because of the platforms restrictions.
However, just because you are a private company, doesn’t mean you are free of regulation. Almost a hundred years ago, radio had the same issues.
Radio became such a universally used platform, that the government HAD to regulate it for the good of ALL Americans. Social media platforms could end up leaning in that same direction.
This Justice’s comments on the freedom of speech are sure to cause issues and solutions going forward but it may present a way for Americans to truly speak their mind.
Do you think Facebook needs regulations?
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