I got kicked off AOL for cursing in several messages. Doesn’t that violate my free speech?

Thursday, August 5, 2004

No. Online services have the right to establish and enforce codes of conduct. When you sign up, you’re using a service that belongs to a private company, and you are subject to its rules. Because the online service is a private company, its restrictions do not constitute government censorship and, therefore, do not violate the First Amendment.