Obama made a speech this week, where he called for media companies to censor even more people in order to combat “disinformation.” He claims that disinformation is a “threat to our Democracy” and wants tech giants to have even more power to combat it.
The First Amendment is a check on the power of the state. It doesn’t apply to private companies like Facebook or Twitter, any more than it applies to editorial decisions made by the New York Times or Fox News. Never has. Social media companies already make choices about what is or is not allowed on their platforms and how that content appears. Both explicitly through content moderation and implicitly through algorithms. The problem is we often don’t know what principles govern those decisions.Barak Obama
Pretty ironic coming from the guy who told us “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.“