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In a Supreme Court decision Monday, Justice Clarence Thomas suggested that social media companies do not have a First Amendment right to regulate speech on their platforms, calling them “common carriers” and “places of public accommodation.”
The Thomas concurrence regarding Big Tech has everything:
1) legitimizing the threat of concentrated corporate power;
2) Google gatekeeping info for 90% of the world;
3) gov’t outsourcing censorship;
4) justifications for common carrier regulation
— Rachel Bovard (@rachelbovard) April 5, 2021
The Court on Monday dismissed a case over whether former President Donald Trump had the right to block trolls on Twitter, after a lower court had ruled against him.
SCOTUS deemed the question moot since Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter in January when he left office.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that it was unconstitutional for him to block critics, deeming his personal Twitter account to be a protected public forum.