Yesterday morning, as I was checking my Twitter feed, I received some very interesting news.
And I’d like to share it with all of you.
That’s right. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Q-GA) spouted off one too many times about misleading and incorrect COVID-19 information, to the point where she apparently earned her fifth strike from Twitter. And five strikes – and you’re out. Completely.
Now what does this ban mean? Well, Twitter essentially kicked her off their platform for violation of Twitter’s Terms of Service rules. As a private company, they can set their own rules and act in a way they see fit.
And here’s the thing … whether you like what Twitter did or you didn’t like it, it’s Twitter’s platform. You don’t like it? Go to one of those fringe microblogging sites like Parler or GETTR or the like.
Well, Marjorie Taylor Greene had plenty to say about her Twitter ban. She claimed that Twitter violated her First Amendment rights to free speech.
And then this post popped up from a Marjorie Taylor Greene supporter.
Wow. I must have missed the section in Twitter’s Terms of Service where they were now an official arm of the United States Government. And honestly, that tweet sure sounded like a threat.
And then the presumptive Republican candidate to represent the Capital District doubled down.
Boy, I really hate to do this.
This is the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
There it is, in bold Italic print. Congress can not make a law restricting free speech. That’s Congress. Not private businesses. Private businesses have their own rules about what can and can’t be done with their companies. The most common statement regarding this is, “Freedom of Speech does not mean you can scream ‘Fire’ in a crowded theater.”
And if these people are advocating that the United States Government tell a private platform what can and can’t be done … then there’s a problem.
Besides, if we’re going to test the boundaries of free speech, and I went on Parler or GETTR or one of those other fringe microblogging sites and spouted about how Donald Trump was an orange goblin and Marjorie Taylor Greene needs high heels to qualify for the height requirement on the adult rides at Six Flags, those platforms would kick me off faster than you can say Antifa. And I could argue, “But my freedom of speech!” and they would respond, “It’s different when you your free speech hurts our feelings.”
So, yeah. A Georgian snowflake got her feelings hurt.
And on that same day … I cleebrated a little anniversary of my one.