The U.S. Supreme Court just completely nailed Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg is stunned — he never expected his power to be questioned.
“We will soon have no choice but to address how our legal doctrines apply to highly concentrated, privately owned information infrastructure such as digital platforms,” wrote Justice Clarence Thomas.
It was even more important that he wrote this in the Supreme Court opinion that addressed Twitter’s censoring and eventual banning of President Donald Trump from the entire platform.
“The disparity between Twitter’s control and Mr. Trump’s control is stark, to say the least,” noted Thomas. While Trump “blocked several people from interacting with his messages,” Twitter’s action was far more drastic — ultimately “barring all Twitter users from interacting with his messages.”
Confronting this issue is unavoidable and it simply underscores why Trump and many other conservatives have pushed for the repeal of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
Section 230 shields social media companies “from civil liabilities … that remove or restrict content from their services.” In short, so-called “information services providers” cannot be treated like publishers.
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