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Dershowitz to Newsmax TV: Free Speech Has to Be 'Free on All Sides'

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By    |   Thursday, 04 June 2020 07:52 PM

Harvard professor emeritus and constitutional law expert Alan Dershowitz on Thursday decried the censorship of President Donald Trump on social media platforms Snapchat and Twitter, saying “free speech should be free on all sides.”

In an interview on Newsmax TV’s “Spicer & Co.,” Dershowitz called out Snapchat's decision to not promote Trump content on its platform because of his remarks on Twitter that were also flagged by that platform.

“Free speech requires that the free speech be free on all sides, not skewed in one direction or another,” he said. “Today it's conservatives who are being discriminated against. Tomorrow it will be liberals would be discriminated against. Each would be equally wrong. We cannot have skewed social media if the social media is to play such an important role in our politics.”

According to Dershowitz, “There should be a single standard for everybody, and those rules should be set out in advance.”

“Whether you're a Democrat or Republican or conservative or liberal the same rules must apply … I call it the shoe on the other foot test,” he said.

The government, he said should “either have a hands off policy let the marketplace prevail or it should demand balance in some way,” blasting Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which provides immunity from civil liabilities for information service providers that remove or restrict content they deem "obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, whether or not such material is constitutionally protected.”

“I’m not particularly in favor of that law,” he said. “It does have the government intruding on the private market place,” he said. “The government should either have a hands off policy let the marketplace prevail or it should demand balance in some way.”

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Harvard professor emeritus and constitutional law expert Alan Dershowitz on Thursday decried the censorship of President Donald Trump on social media platforms Snapchat and Twitter, saying "free speech should be free on all sides.” In an interview...
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