Analysis: American free speech enters uncharted territory

Those authoritarian realities seem a long way from the Wild West of American free speech, where people are protected under the law to criticize and besmirch public figures.
big social media platforms.
US law protects Americans from government control of their speech but lets private companies impose their own standards.
A law to fight social media 'censorship'users over allegations of censorship.
Conservatives like Trump have long felt targeted by social media companies.
It would be a shock for social media companies to suddenly adopt a First Amendment, almost-anything-goes attitude, Mary-Rose Papandrea told me.
The New York Times argued in a March opinion piece, " America Has a Free Speech Problem ," that the country may be moving backward in terms of openness.
It can always quietly donate to political causes, an exercise of free speech -- even for corporations -- recognized by the Supreme Court.
A new court could upend a free speech precedentIt's unclear how the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court will view these types of questions about social media.
Papandrea said what gives her a lot of unease is that the court could fundamentally change our view that free speech allows people to criticize powerful public figures.
But protesting a Supreme Court decision at least feels like textbook free speech.
Roy Gutterman, director of the Tully Center for Free Speech at Syracuse University, told me the way we interact with speech is changing rapidly with access to more and different platforms for expression.
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