TWITTER FACES FIRST AMENDMENT LAWSUIT

TWITTER FACES FIRST AMENDMENT LAWSUIT

Twitter Inc is facing a lawsuit for deleting the twitter accounts of Jared Taylor and his political organisation, American Renaissance.  The full lawsuit can be viewed here.  You can also see the video below for a brief explanation of the lawsuit by Mr Taylor.

The video refers to a precedent case, whereby a shopping centre was required to respect the First Amendment rights of people distributing leaflets, even though they were a private company operating on private premises.  The reason for this is that the shopping centre was effectively a public forum.  The case was decided in California which is where Twitter are incorporated.

The outcome of the case could be highly significant; at the very least it will impact on the other large social media companies like Facebook and Google (who own YouTube).  It could however have much wider implications.