r/technology – Florida governor signs ‘Big Tech’ bill making it illegal for Facebook, Twitter to ban political candidates


As private businesses, they can serve who they like.

This will be interesting after the same conservative justices handed Masterpiece a victory. (https://www.oyez.org/cases/2017/16-111) Though it was about religious rights, one can make the same case that private platforms have their own free speech to regulate speech on their platforms if political candidates are abusing or inciting with their free speech.

Not even with the defuct Fairness Doctrine or equal time rule could these private entities be compelled to allow voices they don’t want on their platform. As a publishing platform, I think they probably have all the rights to publish or not publish whatever they like.


As private businesses, they can serve who they like.

This will be interesting after the same conservative justices handed Masterpiece a victory. (https://www.oyez.org/cases/2017/16-111) Though it was about religious rights, one can make the same case that private platforms have their own free speech to regulate speech on their platforms if political candidates are abusing or inciting with their free speech.

Not even with the defuct Fairness Doctrine or equal time rule could these private entities be compelled to allow voices they don’t want on their platform. As a publishing platform, I think they probably have all the rights to publish or not publish whatever they like.

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