1b) Additionally, "impersonating a federal agent" is a flimsy reason to violate the First Amendment, especially when the only harm they're causing is making the government look bad. Typically "impersonating a federal agent" is used as a charge when the suspect has committed another crime while impersonating someone. The only crime here is making Trump look bad.
2) Get out of here with your false equivalency bs. Equating the government making a (likely) unconstitutional request to reveal the identity of a critic's Twitter account to Milo getting banned from Twitter for harassment is stupid. Hate speech is protected from the government, not from Twitter trying to create a safe platform for its users.
3) I thought everyone was innocent until proven guilty? The government has the burden of proof here, not some rando on Twitter.
Additionally, protecting your speech from the government is not the same as giving you a platform on which to speak. Twitter protected their users under the Obama administration as well, they were not one of the tech companies that shared data with the NSA according to the Snowden leaks.
No he wasn't. Twitter claimed he incited other people to harass LJ.
You are also correct that, very often, the freedoms granted to Americans concern the ability of government, specifically, to impede; Hence it is correct that twitter would act differently when the government involves itself.
Twitter hasn't released information surrounding the ban. Just a brief, very general, statement. Makes sense to me they don't want to spread news that could be considered libel/slander.
If they say "Milo did this, this is why he was banned" now it's open to opinion. "Did this" is an opinion, and now suddenly Twitter says an individual did something.
Twitter gains nothing by clarifying (in the eyes of their lawyers) so they didn't. Why get sued over this?
This doesn't have much to do with my point - The final ban was based on LJ.
If you're going to take the "Descartes's Demon" defence, it works both ways:
We don't know if twitter banned Milo for other reasons, but we also don't know if "He was banned because he was harassing people" by the same measure.
This is the exact point I'm trying to make. It doesn't matter why he was banned, Twitter can ban anyone.
As long as they didn't ban him because he was a part of a protected group, it's kosher.
My original point simply points out Milo was not banned for
personally harassing anyone, nothing else.
> No he wasn't. Twitter claimed he incited other people to harass LJ.
Businesses have obligations beyond just barely staying within the law. Just because it's legal doesn't mean it's ethical.