We Can’t Chat: Can California Constitutional Jurisprudence Strike the Correct Balance between Free Speech and Private Property Rights?

On January 8, the Citizen Power Initiatives for China (CPIFC), along with six anonymous plaintiffs, sued Tencent America LLC for its censorship practices on the social media app WeChat. [1]  The complaint alleges that the app blocks and deletes messages and posts “perceived as critical of the Party-state,” and speech infractions have led to “blocking, […]

Social Media Censorship, Free Speech, and the Super Apps

The controversies over social media center on some fundamental ideas—namely, free speech and its societal value. Historians debate why the Framers chose to add the protection of free speech to the First Amendment. But depending on one’s legal philosophy, the Framers’ intentions should not be the only issue on this matter. Like with most normative questions, the value of free speech splits into two camps of thought: the utilitarian and the deontology. […]