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Facebook has new free-speech problem

Rob Cox

The First Amendment grants all American citizens freedom of speech. That means whatever venture capitalist oddball Peter Thiel thinks about the U.S. Constitution, and how he expresses that view, is up to him.

As a director at Facebook, the $340 billion social-networking company embroiled in a free-speech imbroglio of its own, Thiel has a different set of standards to consider, however. They do not seem to be consistent with a report by Forbes that he is backing a defamation case against Gawker Media by former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.