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The Federal Court Drops the Gavel on 1st Amendment

The Federal Court Drops the Gavel on 1st Amendment
The Federal Court Drops the Gavel on 1st Amendment
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The Federal Court Drops the Gavel on 1st Amendment

Conservatives have been accusing large social media platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, of stifling their right to free expression for years. Some states have fought back by establishing legislation that makes it illegal for these businesses to violate the rights of their customers.

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You probably already guessed that the major tech corporations filed a lawsuit in federal court against one state. But the ruling that came down from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals was not what these corporations had hoped for. Now, let’s get down to business. A rule that prohibits social networks from limiting the content of their members was just approved in the state of Texas.

Big Social pushed back and was successful in convincing a lower court that the corporations’ First Amendment rights were violated when they were unable to control users of their platform.

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The judges in the 5th Circuit Court did not share the same opinion. They criticized that kind of thinking and said that social networks are not fundamentally distinct from other providers of telecommunications services (like telephone companies). Because of this judgment, social networks do not have the authority to censor their users, particularly with regard to the political opinions they express.

The judges posed the question, “If social networks may restrict users due to the political opinions they express, then what is stopping phone companies or even banks from doing the same thing?”Conservatives can celebrate a significant victory with this decision.  The vast majority of legal authorities are of the opinion that big tech will appeal this case to the Supreme Court.

In that case, the decision will have repercussions beyond the borders of Texas. How the Supreme Court rules will determine whether or not social networks have the ability to censor users due to their political beliefs. This decision by the Supreme Court, which has already made history on multiple occasions in the recent past, will go down in the annals of history.

If the court rules in favor of the users, social media platforms will no longer be able to exclude people based on the content of the posts they make.
But if the court rules in favor of big tech, censorship won’t be confined to just social media platforms anymore.

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