Look at this!
The President responds to Twitter—hold onto your hats
When some of the Hunter Biden videos and pics came out, posting "gtv.org" on Twitter would get you banned in less than 2 minutes. I'm curious if their purge is in preparation for some other information they believe is about to come out which they don't want seen.
It feels ugly tonight.
I hope Never-Trumpers will be heard on this forum, too.
you may be heard but you won't be believed
I was as close to a “never trumpet” as you could get in 2016! Didn’t like his language, the way he tweeted or much about him at all. Actually I didn’t believe what he said. He was like that boisterous guy in a bar that was a big talker. BTW, I voted 3rd party in 2016. But within a year of Trump’s presidency, I was believing that guy in the bar! He actually was doing or trying to do what he had promised. Nothing like most politicians! So don’t compare never trumper’s with Marxist.
It is false to say that these are private companies and may censor people as they please. Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, not only permits tech companies to censor constitutionally protected speech but immunizes them from liability if they do so.
But the courts have held that shielding private parties from liability makes them government actors. Furthermore, Congress has threatened tech companies with punitive actions if they fail to censor conservative content.
Either case qualifies them as government actors, and both together certainly do.
It is “axiomatic,” the Supreme Court held in Norwood v. Harrison (1973), that the government “may not induce, encourage or promote private persons to accomplish what it is constitutionally forbidden to accomplish.”
It is time to break up the big tech giants which monopolize their industry categories. And it is far past time to levy enormous fines for violating our constitutional rights.
@topcat1813 Yep. To say they are private companies etc is at this moment a smokescreen argument and a moot point.
Sadly, I don't expect our government or anti-trust organizations to do anything about this, and I'd almost go so far as to say they can't. I won't presume to be especially knowledgeable about this topic - certainly not - but I do get the gut feeling that our government and big tech are furthering this weird, inextricable relationship as the days go on. Seems elected officials are beholden to these companies; I don't know if that's because of campaign donations, big tech's ability to control the narrative, or...?
At what point does our government stop slapping these entities on the wrist with fines and start actually breaking them up? Just how egregious does, say, Twitter's behavior need to get before this happens?