InfoWars reporter Millie Weaver on Tuesday publicly humiliated herself by botching the basic terminology of economics journalism to try to claim Facebook is a public utility.
After Facebook axed Jones' Facebook page this week, Weaver and other InfoWars supporters have tried to claim that this amounts to an unconstitutional violation of the website's free speech.
The flaw in this argument is that Facebook is a privately run company that can make decisions about whether to give individual media outlets a platform -- and the Constitution clearly states only that the government cannot do anything to restrict free speech.
Weaver, however, thinks that she has found a loophole by noting that Facebook is a publicly traded company -- which means, in her estimation, that it is publicly owned.
"Dear Libtards who think Facebook is a privately owned business," she writes on Twitter. "There's a thing called fact-checking. Facebook is a public business that's publicly traded. Using that argument to justify banning Alex Jones doesn't work."
Being publicly traded simply means that the company's shares are traded by shareholders on the open market, not that the company itself is owned by the general public.
Weaver's followers hilariously corrected her in their replies -- check out the top responses below.
@Millie__Weaver Looks like you're the one whose business is getting publicly owned right now, ma'am.— Jacob AlHaPurkan-Sheriff (@Jacob AlHaPurkan-Sheriff)1533662781.0
@Millie__Weaver You’re both wrong. Facebook is a private company that is publicly traded.— Everybody Trades (@Everybody Trades)1533646203.0
@Millie__Weaver Good grief, read a book on the Constitution. Facebook is not a government entity. The First Amendme… https://t.co/NRfwgpSAb4— AK (@AK)1533653586.0
@Millie__Weaver *Looks to the left* [Sees a public library] *Looks to the right* [Sees a multi-billion dollar co… https://t.co/rey1NBrc66— jordan (@jordan)1533664152.0
@Millie__Weaver Millie, honey, bless your heart but Facebook is a publicly traded private company. “Private” meaning not “government”.— Lisbeth Farnum (@Lisbeth Farnum)1533655162.0
@K_tops @Millie__Weaver Except she doesn’t understand facts.— Ayerene Isme (@Ayerene Isme)1533659849.0