After the changeover in the DOJ, the new powers that be asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the case regarding Donald Trump blocking people on his personal account while president.
The lower courts had ruled that Trump could not block them because he was the president, in essence, saying he was stifling free speech.
The court obliged the DOJ’s request, but not before justice Thomas threw down the gauntlet against big tech.
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The power that social media has been given recently due to the protections it still enjoys regarding Section 230 has everyone concerned.
Believe it or not, there are even some liberals and Democrats that believe big tech companies like Twitter and Facebook are getting drunk on their power.
Even though this particular case was dismissed, Justice Clarence Thomas has provided some hope for those that believe sites like Twitter and Facebook need to be told the pump their brakes when it comes to censoring users they do not like.
Thomas, who agreed the case was moot at this point, stated, “As Twitter made clear, the right to cut off speech lies most powerfully in the hands of private digital platforms.
“The extent to which that power matters for purposes of the First Amendment and the extent to which that power could lawfully be modified raise interesting and important questions.”
Thomas compares these outlets to utility companies to support his opinion, writing “A traditional telephone company laid physical wires to create a network connecting people.
“Digital platforms lay information infrastructure that can be controlled in much the same way.”
He continued, “If the analogy between common carriers and digital platforms is correct, then an answer may arise for dissatisfied platform users who would appreciate not being blocked: laws that restrict the platform’s right to exclude.”
We, as the users, can leave these platforms, but, as Thomas also pointed out, the fact is that there are no comparable platforms for us to go to right now, much in the same way utility companies dominate their respective markets.
This should serve as a rude wake-up call for Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube that a major change is about to hit them.
This is a movement that is growing on both sides of the aisle as Democrats are beginning to realize that all it takes is a conservative at the helm and they will face the same challenges Donald Trump and conservatives are facing right now.