Look, there's two things here. First, defamation is one of the very few exceptions to free speech. It's very, very limited, allowing lying about public officials, mistakes, and a bunch of other stuff. But Alex Jones just went full stupid and did manage to do it, which is difficult to do. He also fucked over his own defense as well. He has a chance on appeal, but this isn't about hate speech, this is defamation. I don't even like that defamation is a thing to be clear, but it is a vastly different thing than hate speech, which is what we are talking about here.> "the government can't restrict your speech. but other citizens can with the govt acting as enforcer."
It is simply a bypass that gets around the law
Eventually this might get to the supreme court and they will probably strike it down.
But typically this takes many years to climb up to the supreme court rather than 5 minutes. If it even happens
As for the companies doing it at government bidding: That's a huge fucking deal, and they are being sued for that now. Alex Berenson won back his twitter for that shit. A state AG revealed this shit as well. The issue was that no one new about it, so it was done secretly, so they couldn't sue until now. Lawsuits are going right now that are deposing Jen Psaki, for example.
They get sued for this and lose. Pretty frequently.Alright. public college campuses regularly kick out people for "hate speech". Despite the fact that they are funded by the taxpayer. And are considered a form of government (school boards are elected. and you colleges field their own police)
The first amendment (and the rest) has always been under assault by government. But the first amendment also has a winning record vs the government, unlike the fourth amendment or until recently the second.Yeah I think we're at the point where we can safely say the First Amendment is under grievous assault by the Government.
The last thing we want is a constitutional convention, because they people who do it will want power, and will riddle the constitution with holes. It'll be "Congress shall make no law restricting free speech without cause" or some bullshit.