Forcing Google to behave like a public utility would probably not serve the interests of those demanding that designation—or the rest of us.
Billy Binion.@prageru and @TulsiGabbard both maintain that Google violated their First Amendment rights by engaging in some form of content moderation.
Private companies are not state actors. Google is not a public utility.
My latest for @reason's print edition
A civil rights lawsuit alleges that the government violated Kathy Hay's constitutional rights when it shuttered her free pantry.
Billy BinionOne of the most outrageous things I've reported on. A woman in Washington State set up a free pantry w/o a permit. The county threatened criminal charges.
People need free food right now, and stuff like this stands in the way. Infuriating.
reason.com/2020/05/01/a-w… via @reason
"I think a lot of people should just say, 'No. We're not going back to that.'"
Billy BinionAOC says that much of the public should say "no" to returning to work after COVID-19 subsides.
Millions of those same people are unemployed and struggling to feed their families. Perhaps now is not the time for an uprising.
reason.com/2020/04/23/ale… via @reason
The congresswoman claimed that Amazon is "refusing to provide basic protective equipment to workers." That's not true.
Billy BinionIt seems Amazon is still the corporate bogeyman, even as it makes social distancing feasible with its delivery services.
Rep. @IlhanMN claimed the company is "refusing to provide basic protective equipment to workers." That's false.
reason.com/2020/04/17/no-… via @reason
The city said that food-packaging regulations stand in the way. That's not true.
Billy BinionIn another infuriating turn, Boston has now ordered all restaurants to stop selling groceries. During a pandemic.
When I asked @ISDBoston why, a spokesperson said that federal and state packaging regulations stand in the way. That's patently false.
The governor's new stay-at-home order is arbitrary and far too strict.
Billy BinionThe Michigan stay-at-home directive from @GovWhitmer also prohibits the in-store sale of items like paint and plants, so home improvement stores had to block off those aisles. I'm not sure how that's stopping the spread of COVID-19.
reason.com/2020/04/13/mic… via @reason