Harvard Law experts Yochai Benkler and evelyn douek weigh in on the suspension of President Trump’s social media accounts and potential First Amendment implications in Harvard Law Today.
"If we want a platform that will be free of the power of commercial media, and will be subject to First Amendment concerns, what we need is a public option Internet, if you will. Just as we have the postal service," Benkler said. "That kind of publicly funded, open platform of first and last resort, as an alternative to commercial platforms, would have been subject to First Amendment review had it, for example, cut off cloud services to Parler. Ironically, it is impossible to see those people now railing against the decisions of for–profit firms that adopt that option."