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Free Speech and Censorship

Senator Klobuchar ignores First Amendment with new bill to censor online “misinformation”

Section 230 is under attack again, this time by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) who introduced a bill that would make online platforms liable for the health “misinformation” posted by users to encourage mass censorship...

Facebook says users can say “death to Khamenei” for the next two weeks

Facebook has decided to turn a blind eye to a certain type of speech on Facebook. And it doesn’t mean it will suddenly allow users’ political opinions or thoughts about Covid. Instead, people will...

Argentinian writer Agustín Laje banned from Instagram

A popular Argentinian Catholic writer and intellectual has been banned from Instagram a second time. His ban from Instagram underscores Big Tech’s suppression of voices and content with which they don’t agree. Agustín Laje,...

Protests break out in Italy over vaccine passport mandates

With the COVID saga steadily moving towards its two year anniversary, it appears far from over, and causing far more than just health concerns. Economies have suffered greatly from lockdowns and other restrictions, as...

Twitter bans the Nation of Islam

Twitter appears to be clearly prioritizing topics to be dealt with in its censorship drive, as a group that has long been controversial and challenged since the 1930s and had been on Twitter for...

Teacher who criticized BLM and riots on Facebook sues school district after being fired

A teacher who was fired from her position at Palatine High School in Illinois over anti-BLM online posts last summer has filed a lawsuit against the school district and several members of its board,...

Surgeon General says “equity” is the reason COVID “misinformation” needs to be censored online

In his address on the administration’s concerns about online health “misinformation” surrounding the pandemic, Biden’s Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said the misinformation concerns were focused on “equity.” https://video.reclaimthenet.org/articles/surg-gen.mp4 The White House has come under...

Cybersecurity experts suggest going to the livelihood source of online harassers by contacting employers

Cybersecurity experts have launched an initiative telling all companies to create a system where their employees can be reported for “online abuse.” The initiative, called Respect in Security, was launched on Tuesday by two...

UK House of Lords blasts Big Tech as monopolizers of the “public square” in new report

The upcoming Online Safety bill, being promoted by the conservative UK government, has been labelled a threat to freedom of expression by a committee of Lords who argue that the new laws will give...

UK law commission recommends making speech offenses based on “likely psychological harm”

Recommendations unveiled by the UK’s Law Commission are seeking to establish a new offense by criminalizing communications that could cause “likely psychological harms.” Another offense that is recommended in the document concerns “knowingly false...

Kodak deletes Xinjiang photo from Instagram, apologizes for offending China

In deleting an Instagram post that is offensive to the Chinese government’s sensibilities, and apologizing for posting it, Kodak has basically promised Beijing that it will “learn, grow, and do better.” The US company...

YouTube deletes 15 videos from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro

YouTube has deleted videos from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s channel for what it says is disseminating misleading information about the coronavirus spread, making it the second internet behemoth to censor the Brazilian President. The...

Appeals court agrees to review Vimeo censorship case

A case challenging the liability protections online platforms enjoy under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act will be reheard by a federal appeals court. Controversially, calls for the revision of Section 230 have...

Hong Kong police arrest Apple Daily former executive editor-in-chief

According to Hong Kong-based news outlet HKFP, another executive at the since-defunct pro-democracy news outlet Apple Daily has been arrested. As previously reported, the police raided the paper’s headquarters in June, seizing equipment and...

YouTube deletes Family Research Council video about vaccinating minors against parental consent

YouTube deleted a video posted by “Washington Watch” (a channel run by Family Research Council) discussing Washington DC City Council’s move allowing schools to vaccinate, without parental consent, minors as young as 11-years-old. The...

Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK ordered to never refer to Taiwan as a country

Hong Kong’s public broadcaster RTHK has received an order to stop referring to Taiwan as an independent country that has a president. This could signal Beijing’s push to further consolidate its grip on Hong...

The White House escalates its calls for censorship, aims at “conservative news outlets”

The White House is not only stepping up its campaign to bring pressure to bear on online content and providers and sources that the Biden administration considers to be misinformation, but is also broadening...

Intellectual property panel tells Johnson and Johnson that no, it’s not allowed to seize a parody domain

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has decided that US multinational corporation Johnson & Johnson cannot take over the domain of a parody website. The website, BrandedBandAids.com, was set up by Danielle Baskin, with...

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene reacts to Twitter suspension

Regarding her latest 12-hour ban from Twitter, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene turned to Facebook to defend the statements that contributed to her temporary ban and talk about the growing suppression of speech on Big...

Facebook’s frequent banning of the term “hoe” causes trouble for gardeners

As always, as we move towards a world ruled by algorithms, we come across more incidences of the algorithms getting it wrong and failing to understand context. The word “hoe” was flagged on Facebook...