Should the federal government investigate social media companies for suppressing or censuring speech?
According to Bloomberg News, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is "exploring" a potential investigation of companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter for possible violations of consumer protection or anti-trust laws. President Donald Trump and other Republicans have complained over several months that those social media platforms have censored or otherwise suppressed some conservatives.
The idea of such an investigation has a lot of people talking, including Abraham Hamilton III, legal counsel for the American Family Association.
"At this point there is no investigation yet. The reports are they're considering it – they're debating it, discussing it," notes Hamilton. "[So] I'm not commenting on whether I think it's good or bad.
"But I think part of the issue is – among the ambit of anti-trust laws representing yourself as one thing when you're operating yourself as something completely differently – whether or not there is a bamboozlement of the American public that's going on that the federal government needs to step into."
Hamilton suggests the companies may have the Constitution on their side.
"Where the pushback will come from these tech companies is that they are privately held companies and that they are dealing with freedoms of speech," he says. "And so the pushback from their standpoint would be that it would be anti-constitutional for the government to step in from that regard."
Bloomberg reports that Sessions will be briefed later this month by Republican state attorneys general already investigating social media companies. According to Bloomberg's sources, the U.S. attorney general hasn't made up his mind about whether to proceed.
Hamilton made his comments on American Family Radio.
Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.