So over on Twitter, conservative and liberty-minded users are pretty constantly complaining about the bias of Twitter, the company. They accuse Twitter of “silencing” and “censoring” non-progressive viewpoints. Of “shadow-banning” conservative users. Of suspending or deleting accounts willy-nilly for various unwoke infractions. Of being “non-transparent.”
Yes, this is highly likely.
Ben Shapiro said this about the ‘shadow banning’ allegations:
And Jim Hanson wrote an opinion piece including this:
What about the First Amendment, guaranteeing freedom of speech? Like it or not, it protects us all – from the far right to the far left and everyone in between. Whether because of an inadvertent computer glitch or by design, shadow banning is wrong and, frankly, un-American. If Twitter means what it says, I look forward to the quick end to this dangerous and abhorrent practice.
Here is the First Amendment to the United States Constitution:
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.
And here are some additional court findings.
What about the Twitter Terms of Service? The TOS include this:
Our Services evolve constantly. As such, the Services may change from time to time, at our discretion. We may stop (permanently or temporarily) providing the Services or any features within the Services to you or to users generally. We also retain the right to create limits on use and storage at our sole discretion at any time. We may also remove or refuse to distribute any Content on the Services, suspend or terminate users, and reclaim usernames without liability to you.
Twitter is a private enterprise. They are not the government. They do have the ability to limit who uses their (free!) platform and how it is used.
Don’t like it? Don’t be on Twitter.
Go ahead. Convince me otherwise.