Appeals Court Rules That Private Tech Platforms Not Subject To First Amendment
On Wednesday, a federal appeals court in California ruled that privately operated tech platforms aren't subject to the first amendment, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals explicity stated that privately operated internet platforms are free to censor content that they don't like. The decision by the court was unanmimous and signifies that companies like Youtube, Twitter, Facebook and other tech giants are not subject to the First Amendment.
This specific case involved a YouTube channel operated by Prager University. The YouTube channel was founded by talk-radio host Dennis Prager and produces short videos promoting conservative ideas. Prager sued Youtube in 2017 after the company flagged a large number of its videos as inappropriate.
Titles included names such as “Why Isn’t Communism as Hated as Nazism?,” “Why Did America Fight the Korean War?” and “Are 1 in 5 Women Raped at College?" “We will continue to pursue PragerU’s claims of overt discrimination on YouTube in the state court case under California’s heightened antidiscrimination, free-speech and consumer-contract law.” said Prager University attorney Peter Obstler.
A federal appeals court in California ruled that privately operated tech platforms aren't subject to the first amendment