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@DavidAFrench David, let's say I submitted something to NRO saying that, oh, someone random is a pedophile? Would you have to publish it? Of course not.

If NRO *did* publish it, would you be exposed to a libel suit? Yes/1
@DavidAFrench If someone says on the telephone that the same person is a pedophile, would the phone company be exposed to a libel suit? No, because they're a common carrier./2
@DavidAFrench If, say, Richard Spencer has a phone line, would it be legally appropriate for the phone company to refuse to continue because of his views, would that be appropriate? /3
@DavidAFrench If the phone company then decided you were too far to the right as well, would they be legally justified in cutting off YOUR phone line? Think carefully about your answer./4
@DavidAFrench The big internet companies fought (rightly) not to be considered publishers, like NRO, but instead common carriers like the phone companies. Now they're asserting the ability not to provide service based on someone's legally protected views. Is that appropriate?/5
@DavidAFrench Think *very* carefully about that distinction. Then call someone in Congress — while you still have dial tone./fin
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