On Wednesday, Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz revealed that he is “deeply involved” with the issue of tech censorship and that he has been asked to be an expert witness in the lawsuit between Trump and big tech CEOs Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerburg.
He predicts the lawsuit will “shake things up considerably.”
“As you know, I wrote a book about that exact subject, The Case Against the New Censorship: Protecting Free Speech from Big Tech, so I’m deeply involved in this issue, and I was also asked to be an expert witness. And I did submit an affidavit for this lawsuit, so I’m not simply an observer,” Dershowitz said. “This is a very, very important lawsuit. What’s going on with high tech is unacceptable. It’s inconsistent with the spirit of free speech that underlies our First Amendment.”
“This is a complicated case because, as the president pointed out, and as Pam Bondi pointed out, and as the others pointed out, these are not just ordinary private companies. They have special exemption under Section 230, and therefore they partake of some kind of government action, and the courts will have to parse this issue. How much of what they do is private? How much of what they do partakes of being public? What we don’t want is the government telling private companies what they can say and what they can do. That would be wrong, but we don’t want these crazy public enormous monopolistic companies to be restricting our free speech. The current situation is unacceptable, and this lawsuit I think will shake things up considerably, though I can’t predict in the end how it will come out.”
Social media has become a new kind of public forum. Instead of yelling on a street corner like it’s 1805, we post on the internet. That’s why Dershowitz calls censorship from big tech “inconsistent with the spirit of free speech.”
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