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‘So to Speak’ podcast: What does the First Amendment protect on social media?

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‘So to Speak’ podcast: What does the First Amendment protect on social media?

Does the First Amendment to the United States Constitution protect a private social media company’s right to moderate content on its platform?

A new ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit says it does not, and that a Texas law preventing viewpoint discrimination on social media platforms is constitutional.

The issue is likely bound for the Supreme Court, setting up what is arguably the most consequential First Amendment legal case in a half-century.

Institute for Free Speech chairman and founder Brad Smith and George Mason University law professor Ilya Somin join us to debate the ruling and the future of free speech on the internet.

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