Do Social Media Companies Have Too Much Power Over The First Amendment?
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021
While much of former President Trump’s language was not traditionally “presidential,” it has been largely protected thanks to the First Amendment.
While critics suggest this is a slippery slope toward total censorship of conservative thought, supporters of the restrictions argue Trump’s incitement of the riot was deadly and allowing him to stoke further violence is dangerous.
As social media, press freedoms and a deeply divided America collide, we revisit the question: what does the First Amendment actually protect?
We sit down with national experts to analyze what freedom of speech means as Big Tech remains more powerful than ever and a new administration takes office.
RonNell Andersen-Jones, professor of law at the University of Utah and affiliated fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project
Jillian York, director for International Freedom of Expression at Electronic Frontier Foundation
Katie Fallow, senior staff attorney at Knight First Amendment Institute