No, Big Tech Firms Are Not Common Carriers

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WSJ writers Philip Hamburger and Clare Morell’s argument about ‘Big Tech’ may seem like a plausible and attractive option. In truth, it is no such thing.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W riting in the Wall Street Journal, Philip Hamburger and Clare Morell argue that “Big Tech” giants such as Twitter and Facebook ought henceforth to be regulated as “common carriers” and de facto “public accommodations,” and, in consequence, prohibited from “discriminating” against their users. To those who are frustrated with the transparently capricious behavior of the social-media giants and others, the pair’s argument may seem like a plausible and attractive option. In truth, it is no such thing. Worse: It’s dangerous.

Like others who want the federal government to superintend websites such as Twitter and Facebook, Hamburger and Morell are aware that

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