Tucson, Arizona 2021-01-12 18:45:07 –
Tucson, Arizona (KGUN) — Facebook and Twitter have suspended President Trump’s account, and some are wondering if it violates his freedom of speech.
The First Amendment is a buffer between the people and the government. It protects freedom of religion, speech and the press, but not all types of speech.
“A speech that incites imminent lawlessness,” said Joseph Russomanno, a professor of media law at Arizona State University. “These are the exact words from our law and the Supreme Court of the United States.”
Russomanno said some scholars may object, but believes President Trump has crossed the line with statements leading to the parliamentary riots.
“Count me among those who believe the president has violated that standard.”
Also, the First Amendment is only in place to prevent the government from infringing on your rights. Private sector does not have to provide a platform to anyone.
“All major platforms on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter have a formal policy in writing that they agree to comply, whether or not all users are aware of it.”
Some argue that social media has become an important means of communication that no one can silence, but Russomanno says it’s not the current law.
“Do you want to bend the law and legal principles to address your dependence on social media?”
Russomanno says the First Amendment protects both the speeches you like and the ones you don’t like. President Trump can use other forms of communication to send messages.
“We accept bad and good people unless we cross the boundaries where we talked about inciting people to break the law and encouraging people to break the law.”
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