Which is a threat to free speech?
1. A private company fact-checking the president
2. The president retaliating against private companies for fact-checking him
Free speech doesn't mean you have to give every idiot a bullhorn and an audience – it means you can't stop them from speaking in a public square. If Twitter and FB are so essential to speech that without unlimited access to them one's first amendment rights are violated, they can't be private companies. And everyone who can't afford to use them for lack of devices or internet is having their rights violated. Last time I checked Donald Trump's insufferable voice was everywhere. I wish every private company that gives him a platform would stop and he were reduced to exercising his freedom of speech in a public square, where he would be forced to hear what people think of him.