Justice Clarence Thomas Hits Big Tech With Call For Regulation


Thomas in a concurrence this week. Argued that the time is coming to regulate these big tech operations. Facebook, Twitter Google You name it now, the case that he was concurring. The The decision to vacate a lower court's ruling on was a case involving President Donald Trump. And whether or not he had violated First Amendment rights of users he blocked on Twitter. But in the context of that case that was in front of the Supreme Court. You had Something written by Clarence Thomas. That is just spectacular. Absolutely spectacular. Justice Thomas wrote. As Twitter made clear, the right to cut off speech lies most powerful E in the hands of digital platforms, private digital platforms. The extent to which that power matters for the purposes of the First Amendment and the extent to which that power could be lawfully mob a modified raise interesting and important questions. One of the analogies he used in in this piece. Was was was a reference to the ability to to avoid certain restrictions. But at the end of the day what Thomas was talking about was saying, Essentially, these folks are operating like utilities. They're operating like utilities, and the idea that you can cut that off the idea that you could modify that the idea that you could do those things that do not protect the First Amendment right of the folks. It's no good. You'll get. Some tech platforms are sufficiently akin to carriers such as telephone companies that if tech platforms were regulated like utilities, they could be forced to do away with moderation standards they currently use a traditional telephone company laid physical wires to create a network connecting people. Thomas wrote. Digital platforms, late information infrastructure that can be controlled. In much the same way went on to

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