Alex Brandon – Pool – AFP / Getty ImagesFacebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on April 10, 2018. (Alex Brandon – Pool – AFP / Getty Images)
The most common rejoinder you hear these days to the charge that Big Tech is engaged in censorship is this:
They’re private companies. They can do whatever they want. The First Amendment doesn’t require them to offer you a platform.
That’s the prevailing argument of the left, and some on the right echo it to some degree, arguing that, yes, Facebook and Twitter are private and can ban who they want, but that the market should step up and make them pay a price for what they’re doing.
Except that neither argument is quite right. According