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  •  You wrote about the First Amendment. (4+ / 0-)

    The First Amendment, like the entire Bill of Rights, determines the boundaries of state power—not the power of private entities or individuals.

    The First Amendment already permits private entities like Big Orange to restrict trolling on their sites, because it governs only state actions.

    Thus, to suggest that certain speech acts like trolling do not fall under the protections of the First Amendment, is to suggest that the state should have the power to restrict such speech acts—and the only way the state could restrict such speech acts is through laws.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 11:42:49 AM PDT

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