Genevieve Lakier on Free Speech in the Age of Social Media

Where Does Social Media Fall in Free Speech Debate?

President Donald Trump is no longer allowed to post on several social media platforms.


The decisions from Facebook and Twitter also bring up the question of how much power these companies should have. Genevieve Lakier, an assistant professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School, said these companies didn’t think they’d be the speech police when they started out. 

“It’s wrong to say any First Amendment rights were violated here,” Lakier said. “But it’s not wrong to say, going forward, what does it mean to the diversity and vitality of our public sphere to give profit-oriented private companies so much power to regulate speech.”

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