In May, a federal appeals court upheld a Texas law that prohibits social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube from discriminating against users based on their ideas. In prohibiting such actions, Texas has declared war on free speech.
Proponents of the law claim that social media companies are guilty of censorship when they block, remove or otherwise interfere with a user’s expression of his views. This claim perverts the meaning of “censor” and establishes the means for actual censorship.
— Brian Phillips is the founder of the Texas Institute for Property Rights. His writing has appeared in such publications as The Freeman, Reason Magazine, The Objective Standard and The Orange County Register. He is the author of Individual Rights and Government Wrongs and The Innovator vs. the Collective.