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Freedom of Speech

While I do not cover U.S. politics anymore, what is published in America does not stay in America. Thus, please enjoy this informative, and delightful conversation regarding America’s freedom of speech and the First Amendment from 2014 with Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. People can respectfully disagree.

Both Justices have since passed on.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of disinformation and misinformation disseminated online regarding America’s freedom of speech and censorship. Some individuals are playing politics with it. This is dangerous. People are getting hurt. It is one of the reasons why I stopped covering US politics.

Let’s keep things simple. In brief, the First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects people.  

Digital companies like Twitter, Facebook,  and YouTube are not the government.

Thus, the First Amendment does not protect people from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube etc., etc.  

If you have any issues with a digital corporation(s), read their Terms of Service to see if you violated any of them.

Digital corporations may enforce their Terms of Service. They also may not which is why, in part, we are plagued with fake news, defamation and disinformation. To learn more read, for e.g., The Communication Decency Act Gone Wild: A Case for Renewing the Presumption Against Preemption.

  1. Terms of Service: Twitter
  2. Terms of Service: Facebook
  3. Terms of Service: YouTube

See: Constitution of the United States

First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.