The First Amendment only prohibits Congress – the legislative branch of the United States government – from censoring free speech. The First Amendment does not prohibit companies such as Twitter, Facebook and the Journal-Patriot from restricting speech.

You have the right to speak and hand out pamphlets while standing on the sidewalk, but you have no right to force anyone else to publish or disseminate your speech.

BY DAVID GREENWOOD,

Wilkesboro, N.C.

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