McCarthyism and the awful idea of punishing “hate speech”

Technology and intellectual law and policy require a working knowledge of the free-speech and associational rights protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution. The First Amendment is crucial to content creators and creative industries; it limits the extent to which the government can deny or cancel trademarks, and on the internet, it severely limits the liabilities of both platform operators and content publishers. Consequently, you rarely see content or technology companies call for new, vague exceptions to current First Amendment rights.