This is both an extra credit opportunity and an opportunity to engage in discussion with your classmates. This is worth up to 5 points.
You can say as much or as little as you would like, but try to be thoughtful in whatever it is you post. I am looking for you to make substantive comments and replies and to use what you are learning in the readings and slides. You are also very welcome to ask questions! Please remember to be respectful and considerate of your classmates and their opinions and ideas.
This Discussion will be open for posting/responses for one week, from July 12, 2021, at 12:00 am until July 18, 2021, at 11:59 pm.
As we recently learned, the First Amendment and other fundamental rights protected under the Bill of Rights and elsewhere in the Constitution apply only to the government (federal, state and local governments) and not private entities. This means, for example, that private businesses like Facebook and Twitter aren’t violating anyone’s First Amendment rights when they ban someone from posting or otherwise censor content. Only the government can violate First Amendment (and other fundamental) rights.
Should this be the case or should the Constitution protect us from private businesses as well? Why or why not?