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The First Amendment doesn't guarantee you the rights you think it does

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Let's look at some common First Amendment arguments, illuminated and debunked by constitutional experts.

It doesn't apply to private organizations, like Twitter and Facebook, so those companies can ban speech the First Amendment would otherwise protect.

If you work for a private company, it's probably not a First Amendment issue.

Institutions like police departments, public schools and local government branches can't restrict employee's free speech rights, but they do need to assure that such speech doesn't keep the employee from doing their job, Nott says.

If it's a private institution, it's probably not a First Amendment issue.

"If you invite someone to speak on your campus and are a public university, you have to respect their First Amendment rights," Nott says.

It's a private company, so it's not a First Amendment issue.

While such sites retain the right to remove content they don't like, they are also protected by the Communications Decency Act, Section 230.

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