A federal appeals court ruled last week that social media giants such as Facebook can censor content on their platforms.
In a unanimous ruling, the 9th Circuit ruled that companies such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter are private companies, not public forums, and are not subject to the First Amendment.
Dan Gainor of Media Research Center says the decision hinged on Section 203 of the Communications Decency Act, which states Internet companies are platforms, not publishers.
“It not only gives the companies the ability to censor and restrict content,” he says, “it encourages them to do so.”
The federal law was passed with the intention to crack down on pornography, Gainor tells OneNewsNow, but Big Tech is using the law to censor “offensive” content which typically means political speech that leans to the right.
“The problem is the left wants to restrict more speech and the right wants more freedom,” Gainor insists.
The companies themselves claim to be unbiased in their editing but Gainor says these are liberal-run companies with committed liberals on the payroll, and hence their “community standards” lean left.
“That's a lot of liberal,” he says.
Just how powerful are those influential corporations? Gainor points to the 2017 white paper from Dr. Robert Epstein, a psychologist who testified before Congress that Google influenced millions of undecided voters with a search engine that provided more positive results for some candidates.