Philip Napoli, professor at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, proposes that the rise of fake news in social media may bring into question certain basic assumptions about the benefits of free speech. Fake news, the First Amendment and failure in the marketplace of ideas – on phys.org. Agree? Disagree? Exercise your rights to free speech!
Check out this 15 minute video from the Khan Academy to learn some basics about the first amendment.
Free speech protections are protections against government restrictions, whether federal, state, or local. They are not protections against private sector restrictions, such as banning of content by social media companies. For a couple recent examples of this distinction, see Roseanne Barr and the NFL: What Counts as Free Speech? at the Rolling Stone website.