Transportation stories at Techdirt.
from the that’s-not-what-common-carriage-is-for dept
There’s been an unfortunate movement in the US over the last few years to try to argue that social media should be considered “common carriers.” Mostly this is coming (somewhat ironically) from the Trumpian wing of grifting victims, who are trying to force websites to carry the speech of trolls and extremists claiming, (against all actual evidence) that there’s an “anti-conservative bias” in content moderation on various major websites.
This leads to things like Ohio’s bizarre lawsuit that just outright declares Google a “common carrier” and seems to argue that the company cannot “discriminate” in its search results, even though the entire point of search is to rank (i.e., discriminate) between different potential search results to show you which ones it thinks best answer your query.
There is even some movement among (mostly Republican) lawmakers to pass laws that declare Facebook/Google/Twitter to…