Supreme Court To Take On Case Addressing Free Speech. Could Affect Future Social Media Lawsuits
Censorship, it`s antithetical to America and our constitutional rights, however it is being practiced in some of the biggest venues of information that we have. Social media outlets, who by far are where a lot of Americans get their daily updates on what is going on in the world, are constantly censoring those whose views they do not agree with, and aside from a few cases where they have faced a public backlash have been largely allowed to get away with it. The claim is that because they are a private company they have the right to censorship, but as we`ve repeated over and over- when you have a small minority of outlets dictating what news or opinions you have access to you have a problem. If this was the government doing it everyone would be up in arms, but because it is private companies people say they have that right. In essence, social media outlets like facebook, twitter etc are partisan monopolies that control the flow of public information disguised as social media outlets.
A new case is being taken up by the Supreme Court which could have implications on future social media lawsuits, The case, Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, No. 17-702, centers on whether a private operator of a public access television network is considered a state actor which can be sued for First Amendment violations. You can read more here