Donald Trump announced a few days ago that he’s launching a class action lawsuit against Big Tech companies for censoring him – and the American people. The main stream media is poo-poohing the story by claiming this is just sour grapes from the president for “losing” the 2020 election. But legal scholars are calling this one of the most important speech cases of the 21st century.
By the time this case makes its way through the courts, Americans may have a new view of the First Amendment as it applies to the online/digital age.
And as is true with many other issues these days, Donald Trump is really the only American leader who could have possibly brought this case to bear with so much clout.
Twitter, Facebook and Google-owned YouTube all banned Donald Trump from speaking on their platforms in early January – while he was still the sitting President of the United States. The arrogance and brazenness of that act is truly stunning. The President of the United States had his speech limited because a bunch of Silicon Valley dweebs suffering from bathroom confusion decided his speech was “dangerous.”
But the real danger is in what the Big Tech companies are doing to our speech, in my humble opinion. They’re not just limiting Donald Trump’s ability to speak. They’re limiting your access and my access to information. If we can’t hear what Donald Trump has to say in the public square, we cannot be informed citizens. We can’t make intelligent medical decisions for our families when the tech companies censor doctors who go against the left’s coronavirus narrative. And so on. Trump’s lawsuit isn’t just about his right to speak, but about our right to access any information we want to.
That’s a snapshot of the case in terms of the individual speech aspects of it. Taking a broader view, this is a really unique case because it’s the first time we’ve seen a freedom of speech versus the First Amendment case in American history. Every previous freedom of speech case has pitted an individual’s right to speak against a government entity.
The tech companies are limiting the ability of conservatives or even apolitical people who voice “unapproved thoughts” to utilize their freedom of speech. And then the tech companies hide behind the First Amendment and act as if they have a sacred duty to protect us from those ideas. This can’t continue in its present form, so it will be fascinating to see how the case is ultimately decided.
Libertarians and low-IQ opposition shills of “true conservatism” miss the point of this case entirely. You hear their argument all the time. The libertarian case, when they are able to articulate it through a haze of pot smoke, goes something like this:
“Hey! Uh… you should, like, totally… uh… what was I talking about? Oh, right, right, right! You should just… totally… build your own Facebook! Because, uh… marketplace!”
This is absurd. And not just because most of us don’t have millions of dollars in cash flow from the CIA to build our own Facebooks!
A teacher in Michigan named Jennifer Horton posted an article on Facebook last year that questioned the efficacy of children wearing masks in school to protect against coronavirus. Facebook banned her from the platform, for publishing information that disagreed with Anthony Fauci. A few days later, Ms. Horton had a life-and-death emergency in which one of her family members had gone missing. But she couldn’t put the word out about it on Facebook, because they didn’t like her other speech about coronavirus.
What’s she supposed to do in that situation, pothead libertarians? Is she supposed to take the time – during an emergency – to build her own Facebook?
That’s just one of the examples that President Trump cited in his announcement of his suit against Big Tech. There are countless additional examples that we could all share. When I send you email newsletters about articles on this site, I have to censor my own speech. If I say the wrong thing to you in an email, Google, Yahoo and other companies will block you from receiving my newsletters.
Congress has failed to step up and defend our rights as Americans when it comes to online censorship. And once again, President Trump is stepping into the gap to fight for all of us, as he’s done so many times before.