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Even Some on the Left Show Concern about the Left's Rush to Censorship

1/12/21
from The Gray Area:
1/12/21:

The communist move by social media platforms to censor unapproved speech is getting the attention of some on the left.

The are clearly concerned with regard to where this kind of tyrannical control of speech will go next.

Liberals long revered the First Amendment, before embracing censorship in the era of Trump. "Doubtlessly, dictators have to stamp out causes and beliefs which they deem subversive to their evil regimes. But governmental suppression of causes and beliefs seems to me to be the very antithesis of what our Constitution stands for," Hugo Black wrote in the landmark case Yates vs. United States. "The First Amendment,... provides the only kind of security system that can preserve a free government — one that leaves the way wide open for people to favor, discuss, advocate, or incite causes and doctrines however obnoxious and antagonistic such views may be to the rest of us."

And, Justice Thurgood Marshall wrote in 1969: "If the First Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his own house, what books he may read or what films he may watch". "Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds."

Examples of the same concerns from the left today:

Left wing news site SLATE, says:Why Everyone Should Be Concerned About Parler Being Booted From the Internet

ACLU made this statement; ACLU Counsel Warns of 'Unchecked Power' of Twitter, Facebook After Trump Suspension

Elon Musk Rips Big Tech Censorship Of Conservatives

Germany and France Oppose Donald Trump’s Twitter Exile

And, Social Dilemma star Joe Toscano said this: I think now we have proof that Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, all these companies in making this move, feel that they are responsible for the content on their platform, which then drives the conversation into Section 230," Toscano said. "That’s the whole argument of Section 230, right? They all argue that they shouldn’t be held accountable for the content on their platform. Well, they just made a huge statement that they do feel accountable."

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