Kurilla: The American variety of public opinion is alien to Russians

PONARS Eurasia
13 Jan 2021

(Meduza) Allegations that Twitter violated the First Amendment are misguided because the U.S. Constitution only bars state censorship, according to historian Ivan KurillaAmerican culture, however, has long endured other means of restricting free speech, like the recent phenomena of “cancel culture” and “extreme political correctness.” Expression today has become tricky because social-media monopolies now control the very “infrastructure of free speech.” Russians struggle with debates in the U.S. about free speech because the “American variety of public opinion” is alien to them. 

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