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    INGSOC GURPS's Avatar
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    Nov 2012
    Peoples Republic Of Maryland
    The Supreme Court just announced that it will hear a case defining what is, or is not, a public forum. While the case specifically addresses public access cable channels, the Court’s decision may reverberate across the technology community.

    The case, entitled Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck involves a public access cable channel. The petitioners in the case asked the Supreme Court to answer “an important—and unsettled—recurring question… Under what circumstances can a private entity… be deemed a state actor subject to claims under the First Amendment?”

    The Constitution limits government authority. It does not apply to private companies. Some, though, insist on applying various Constitutional provisions, notably the First Amendment, to private actors such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter, among other technology companies.

    The direction the Supreme Court takes the Manhattan case will help define the limits of this type of argument. If the Court agrees with the Sixth and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeal, the definition of a “state actor” – or government actor – will be narrow and apply only in very limited circumstances. If the Court agrees with the Second Circuit, effectively overruling the Sixth and D.C. Circuit Courts, the definition of state actor will be broad and may provide an attack for those who argue that social media platforms are public forums.
    We’re tempted to suggest a conspiracy here — but it’s just liberals agreeing yet again that conservatives have hidden, evil motives, because modern liberals simply can’t conceive of any other reason to disagree with the liberal consensus.

    “Moral precepts are constant through the ages and not obedient to circumstances.”

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    Registered User Grumpy's Avatar
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    Oct 2003
    Quote Originally Posted by NextJen View Post
    Good grief. Does anybody remember back in the 'old days' when we used to say, 'Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me!'?
    Been called so many things over the years, some deserved, some not...So what??

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by GURPS View Post
    Did you not read the article ?

    in the strictest sense not much ... in the grander scheme of life Everything
    I read the article. They're private companies. If we want to be heard, generate our own platforms.

    I am for freedom. Even if I disagree with what free people do.

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