I’ve been reading a lot of takes about the January 6th insurrection. My favorite one is from the EFF:
The decisions by Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and others to suspend and/or block President Trump’s communications via their platforms is a simple exercise of their rights, under the First Amendment and Section 230, to curate their sites. We support those rights.
This statement is clear and straightforward: platforms have the rights to curate their sites. But EFF goes even further:
We also note that those same platforms have chosen, for years, to privilege some speakers — particularly governmental officials — over others, not just in the U.S., but in other countries as well. A platform should not apply one set of rules to most of its users, and then apply a more permissive set of rules to politicians and world leaders who are already immensely powerful. Instead, they should be precisely as judicious about removing the content of ordinary users as they have been to date regarding heads of state.
The more powerful and famous you are, the more scrutiny should be applied to your words and behavior.