Twitter strikes fair balance between liberty and lies

Twitter strikes fair balance between liberty and lies
Cass Sunstein (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – The jaundiced views of a raving lunatic held over from the Obama administration.]

President Donald Trump says a lot of things on Twitter that aren’t true. Twitter has a set of formal policies designed to combat misleading information. This week, Twitter applied its policies to two of Trump’s tweets, in which the president made misleading claims about voting by mail.

Trump responded with a threat:

Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen.

The threat had an immediate effect on the stock of Twitter Inc.; it fell dramatically afterward.

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To understand the controversy, we need to step back a bit. Social-media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are not subject to the Constitution at all. The First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech, applies only to the government.

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