I don't agree, because they have allowed hateful, inciteful speech on the platforms and are not dealing with it from an unbiased standpoint. Some of the people they cut off were not calling for violence. The sweep was too broad. As for being a private business, there are two things to consider. One is that they are considered an unedited or unbiased platform, which frees them from the potential lawsuits editors are able to incur. And 2. Private businesses cannot legally do whatever they please. For instance, an ice cream parlor can't refuse to sell ice cream to a Muslim. A real estate company can't refuse to show houses to people of color (thank goodness!) Neither should a monopolistic platform be able to eliminate those with competing points of view. They are not applying the same standards across the board. Regardless of where our political affiliations lie, this is a dangerous precedent. I have already begun hearing commentators broach the subject of eliminating certain conversative news channels such as Newsmax. We have to be careful what we wish for.

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