America owes Clarence Thomas an expression of gratitude.

In a 12-page concurrence to an opinion dismissing a case growing out of Donald Trump’s decision to block certain people from reading his Twitter account while president, Thomas has raised a series of sweeping questions about the nature of social media and how we treat it legally and philosophically. His answers to these questions are mostly wrong. But that doesn’t mean his arguments should be dismissed. On the contrary, we’re in his debt for helping to clarify just how novel social media really is — and how imperfectly our thinking and existing law applies to it and the dilemmas it poses to our body politic.

Since the shock of the 2016 election and the realization that online disinformation and radicalization played a significant role in its outcome, both Washington and Silicon Valley have moved in the direction of acknowledging the need for digital platforms to more actively monitor and control what is posted and promoted on them. This conviction intensified in the run-up to the 2020 election, and it reached a fever pitch during the turbulence of the weeks that followed, which culminated in the insurrectionary violence on …read more


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