America has lost its historic free-speech consensus

Source: Orange County Register
by Steven Greenhut

“Frustrated at perceived bias within social-media companies, many Republicans have championed government interventions ranging from turning those private firms into regulated monopolies to removing their protections from defamation lawsuits. They claim these proposals will promote free speech – but they ultimately make government regulators the arbiter of speech, or eliminate the rights of private companies to set up their own moderating and publishing rules. Progressives mostly have used their social power – and arm-twisting from friendly federal regulators – to censor so-called COVID misinformation and cancel the social-media accounts of many conservatives. They also gladly use the legislative process to limit private speech-related decisions.” (03/10/23)