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Free Speech and Censorship

Twitter censors link to American Heart Association

Twitter’s direct and indirect suppression of opinions that in any way question the efficacy or safety of Covid vaccines continues unabated on the platform. The latest example is a label that the social network...

YouTube CEO says content censorship is “consistent” for all creators, contradicting previous statements

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has defended the company’s moderation and censorship decisions in an interview as being consistently implemented for all creators in the same way – but that sits at odds with the...

American Medical Association language guide says drop terms like “morbid obesity,” “alcoholic,” and “fairness”

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Medical Association (AMA) have collaborated to publish a language guide that advises medical professionals to avoid phrases such as “homeless,” “handicapped,” and “morbidly obese.”...

Judge suspends Texas social media political censorship ban

A federal court has blocked the Texas law that would have banned social media platforms from censoring content based on viewpoint. We obtained a copy of the order for you here. A similar law...

Canada: Suspicious government-funded poll says citizens prefer censorship

The majority of Canadians want the internet censored, according to a new poll by a government agency. A report on Blacklock’s Reporter claims that the Canadian Race Relations Foundation poll conducted in November found...

Neutral video platform Rumble to go public under ticker CFVI

Rumble, a censorship-free video platforms alternative to YouTube, has entered an acquisition deal with Cantor Fitzgerald-sponsored CF Acquisition Corp. VI (CFVI). After the completion of the business combination deal in the second quarter of...

Facebook ends censorship of searches for “Kyle Rittenhouse”

Facebook has reversed a policy implemented in August 2020, which banned searches of Kyle Rittenhouse. The company did not say why it reversed the policy. On August 25, 2020, Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed...

The ability to livestream cops is being challenged as a First Amendment right

According to many civil liberties groups, livestreaming the police is protected by the First Amendment and is crucial in the documentation process. In 2018, Dijon Sharpe was stopped by two police officers in North...

Senator Thom Tillis opposes Gigi Sohn FCC nomination, calls her a “anti-copyright activist”

A day before Gigi Sohn’s confirmation hearing for a place in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Senator Thom Tillis penned a letter to President Biden asking him to withdraw the nomination. But Tilli’s opposition...

New Twitter rules boost mainstream media’s gatekeeping power

On Tuesday, Twitter shockingly announced new rules concerning the company’s private information policy that are being expanded to include media. The changes immediately prompted observers to warn that they could allow mainstream and traditional...

YouTube censors Dr. Fauci satire song video

YouTube censored and demonetized a song criticizing Dr. Anthony Fauci. The platform claimed that the song violated its policy on medical misinformation. The song, called “Sad Little Man” by Five Times August, accuses Fauci...

UK proposes spending public funds to police MPs “disreputable” tweets

The UK Parliament is moving to introduce new rules that would investigate MPs for their Twitter posts, with a committee in charge explaining the plan as designed to prevent abusive speech and personal attacks...

The messaging apps the FBI have easy access to (and the one’s they don’t)

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Twitter bans sharing photos or videos of people without their permission

Twitter has updated its policies to ban people from posting media (photos and videos) featuring other people without their consent. The new rule is part of the platform’s ban on sharing private information about...

Colombian Constitutional Court overturns censorship of YouTube video supporting only heterosexual marriage

A court has dismissed a lawsuit against a Colombian YouTuber who shared heterosexual marriage views on the video sharing platform. The plaintiff accused her of hate speech. The Colombian Constitutional Court ruled that Colombian...

Chinese province of Henan surveils journalists and students with new tech

Security authorities in the Chinese province of Henan have commissioned a surveillance system to be used to track journalists and international students, documents obtained by Reuters revealed. The surveillance system is testament to the...

Australia proposes law that would ban online anonymity to curb “defamation”

Australia plans to introduce a law that will require social media companies to “unmask anonymous trolls,” allowing users to file defamation lawsuits. Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who hopes to be reelected next year,...

Northern Ireland Alliance Party councillor called for censorship of anti-vaccine passport ads

A campaign against mandatory vaccine passes launched in Northern Ireland by UK civil liberties and privacy group Big Brother Watch and a number of other organizations has come under criticism from politicians from the...

Brian Stelter says anti-Biden memes need to be combatted

If you can’t beat them – ban them, seems to be the motto under which CNN’s Brian Stelter continues to carry out his brand of journalism, this time taking aim at anti-Biden memes. Ever...

Twitter’s new CEO Parag Agrawal previously rejected free speech in favor of “healthy public conversation”

In a far-reaching November 2020 interview, Twitter’s new CEO Parag Agrawal, who was the company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the time, rejected free speech protections that are enshrined in the First Amendment of...