“Shake things up considerably” may even be an understatement…..
Still, famed attorney Alan Dershowitz thinks that President Trump’s lawsuit against Twitter will be substantial, and have huge implications for freedom of speech in The United States.
Things seem to be heating up for big tech corporations—specifically those involved in social media.
Attacks and legislation aimed at reining in big tech have seen bipartisan support, and it looks like it won’t be too long before some sort of legal action is taken against Twitter, Facebook, Google, and other big tech firms.
Let’s take a look at what Dershowitz had to say:
Dershowitz: This is the most important First Amendment case of the 21st century pic.twitter.com/7FNIoo1s1f
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The Epoch Times relayed the words of Alan Dershowitz:
Dershowitz, a Harvard Law professor emeritus, told Newsmax that recent actions taken by the social media giants are “inconsistent with the spirit of free speech that underlies our First Amendment.” According to him, the lawsuit “will shake things up considerably, though I can’t predict in the end how it will come up.”
Trump’s suit, he continued, is “a complicated case because, as the president pointed out, and as [lawyer] Pam Bondi pointed out, the others pointed out, these are not just ordinary private companies—they have special exemption … and therefore they partake of some kind of government action, and the courts will have to parse this issue.”
Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other platforms, under Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, are generally protected from liability for the content that users post. The law allows social media companies to also moderate their platforms by removing posts that violate their terms and conditions as long as they’re acting in “good faith.”
Dershowitz: Trump's lawsuit is very important
Harvard Professor Emeritus and legal scholar Alan Dershowitz reacts to former President Donald J.Trump's lawsuit against big tech companies Twitter, Facebook & Google & what it means for the First Amendment…https://t.co/ToynhuSeKr
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Breitbart summarized the lawsuit:
He filed the class-action suits in the U.S. District Court in Florida’s southern district as the lead plaintiff.
“We’re demanding an end to the shadow-banning, a stop to the silencing and a stop to the blacklisting, banishing and canceling that you know so well,” Trump said at a news conference at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf course, according to The Washington Post.
The filing seeks injunctive relief to allow the restoration of his social media accounts and punitive damages on all three social media platforms.