Are US Companies Above the Constitution?
It seems in the case of Alex Jones the answer is a resounding yes.
Alex Jones might be an idiot but he broke no laws, however in banning him Google, Facebook and Twitter have breached his constitutional rights.
First Amendment – Religion and Expression. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances
The idea that social media companies in the USA are now the arbitrators of your constitutional rights should frighten you, they are becoming the thought police.
A quick search of any of the social media sites will reveal a massive number of groups that hate others based on politics, religion, race etc etc. There is content that encourages violence, ISIS credited social media as being a primary tool in recruiting members, where were the thought police then?
Apple, Facebook, Spotify and YouTube have all banned Jones on the grounds that he engages in hate speech.
Twitter chief Jack Dorsey drew criticism last week for continuing to allow Jones to use the platform, arguing that he had not broken Twitter’s rules.
Among the conspiracy theories Jones has peddled are charges that the US government was behind numerous terrorist attacks, including the September 11, 2001 strikes on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Several days ago, Facebook removed four videos Jones posted that the group said violated its policy on hate speech.
Jones responded by posting more content on other pages, prompting the social media giant to suspend his four main pages.
Facebook stressed that it was the violent language used by Jones, rather than his conspiracy theories, that prompted the move.
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