Modern constitutionalism to the test of social networks: is it time for new sovereigns?

The pandemic has acted as a catalyst for the process towards a digital society, in which the distinction between reality and virtual life is becoming more problematic. As a consequence, social networks have become a place where users feel they can express their personality.
Therefore, these platforms have also become a medium through which to influence global public opinion, overriding traditional power structures. Even though constitutionalism was initially conceived as a system able to balance and limit individual forms of power, today it appears helpless in the face of this phenomenon, which due to its private nature has succeeded in eluding protocol.
President Trump’s social media blackout, following the Capitol Hill riots earlier in the year, revealed the extent of a force beyond limits or checks.
This piece of research will aim to address one of the biggest challenges for constitutionalism, that is to incorporate social media private law into the framework of public law.