Van Buren, AR asked in Constitutional Law for Arkansas

Q: Would it be possible to get a ban reversed on an interactive website for infringing on my 1st Amendment rights?

I have been banned from a website for "hate speech". Given that the SCOTUS has ruled that "hate speech" was protected under the 1st Amendment, as well as Judge Naomi Buchwald ruling that the President's Twitter is a "public forum" so he cannot ban people, as well as Marsh v Alabama, stating that a corporation (which the website belongs to) cannot infringe on said rights while on their property that invites and acts as a public space, I believe a case may be set here.

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W. Whitfield Hyman

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Fayetteville, AR
  • Licensed in Arkansas

A: Private entities can't violate your rights to free speech. Exceptions would include things like the government is using a Facebook page and then blocks you from that Facebook page. Unless you're more specific, what you have described does not sound like a free speech violation.

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