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    (CNN)In China, censors police criticism of the country's draconian Covid-19 policy.In Russia, referring to the country's invasion of Ukraine as a war is a crime.Those authoritarian realities seem a long way from the Wild West of American free speech, where people are protected under the law to criticize and besmirch public figures. Just maybe not under Twitter's content policy. Self-described "free speech absolutist" Elon Musk's quest to turn Twitter into his vision of a marketplace of ideas -- that would also be friendly to misinformation and whatever else people want to say -- has hit an ironic snag over all the fake accounts on the platform. Musk says he's put his bid to acquire Twitter on hold as he's worried about fake accounts. Read MoreBut he's said he would reinstate @realDonaldTrump, the former President's account on Twitter, and push the platform's policy to mirror the laws of the land, which allow even more varied and raw speech than you'll find on TV or the other big social media platforms. US law protects Americans from government control of their speech but...
    The Federal Communications Commission has said it won't interfere with Elon Musk's $44billion Twitter deal, saying it would be un-American for any arm of government to block the sale.  Trump-appointed FCC Commissioner Nathan Simington issued a press release on Monday dismissing requests for the agency to stop Elon Musk from acquiring Twitter. 'The FCC cannot, and should not, block this sale. We should instead applaud Mr. Musk for doing something about a serious problem that government has so far failed to address,' Simingtong wrote.  He continued: '...I am particularly troubled by arguments that the federal government must act with the purpose of stopping Mr. Musk from enshrining free expression on Twitter. The only merit in such proposals is their candor in proposing something so blatantly illegal.  'It would be not only unconstitutional, but plainly un-American, for any arm of the government to act against Twitter or Mr. Musk for such a purpose.'   Simington said the FCC did not have authority to regulate internet platforms like Twitter, but even if it did, there was 'no reason to think the deal would limit competition...
    Tennessee Governor Bill Lee joined lawmakers at the state and federal level, as well as other prominent figures, in signing a letter asking Yale Law School to discipline a “vitriolic mob” that derailed a bipartisan panel on free speech at the campus in March. The letter urges Yale Law School to punish the “physical intimidation and menacing behavior” directed at the speakers, who were escorted out of the event by police due to the mob. The letter also calls on the law school to “condemn the behavior of students who violated other people’s rights” and “take appropriate disciplinary actions in keeping with Yale’s free speech policies.” “Instead of engaging with the panelists, a shocking number of Yale Law students hurled constant insults and obscenities at them and tried to prevent them from speaking and being heard,” the letter reads. “Our nation desperately needs the next generation of attorneys, legislators, judges, and Supreme Court justices to be marked by the character and values that undergird the American legal profession and a free society.” “I signed a letter to Yale Law School...
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    Christopher Bedford is on the front lines when it comes to fighting Big Tech and left-wing organizations’ online efforts to censure and even erase conservative voices. As co-founder of the web hosting company RightForge, Bedford is helping clients survive attacks from the left, including assisting the crowdsourcing platform GiveSendGo after GoFundMe revealed its leftist leanings and refused to give millions raised there to support the Freedom Convoy 2022 of truckers in Canada that are protesting the government’s vaccine mandates. Hackers tried to take down GiveSendGo, and even the Canadian government threatened the platform. Bedford said that the Christian founders of GiveSendGo are now forging ahead on their own and have raised almost $10 million for the truckers. But he told Breitbart News that conservatives, in general, are being forced to create a parallel universe to counter the left’s efforts to silence them, including online. This month I joined RightForge. While I’ve devoted my life to journalism (& will continue to), everything is at stake; if the internet is not free, honest journalism itself is threatened, along with honest political debate, education,...
    President Joe Biden and Homeland security chief Alejandro Mayorkas are threatening Americans’ free speech, GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy said on February 8 after the security agency declared that “misleading narratives” spur domestic terrorism. “President Biden believes the greatest threat to the homeland is any American using their First Amendment right to question the Government,” McCarthy responded. “State-sponsored threats against free speech are un-American. Mayorkas should rescind this intimidation tactic immediately.” President Biden believes the greatest threat to the homeland is any American using their First Amendment right to question the Government. State-sponsored threats against free speech are un-American. Mayorkas should rescind this intimidation tactic immediately. pic.twitter.com/pWYGwHVLKt — Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) February 8, 2022 The McCarthy response came the day after Mayorkas issued a “National Terrorism Advisory” saying: Key factors contributing to the current heightened threat environment include: 1. The proliferation of false or misleading narratives, which sow discord or undermine public trust in U.S. government institutions: For example, there is widespread online proliferation of false or misleading narratives regarding unsubstantiated widespread election fraud and COVID-19. Grievances associated with these themes...
    Colorado State University is promoting resources aimed at students who claim to be 'affected by a free speech event' on campus. A sign was spotted on campus and posted to social media which reads: 'If you (or someone you know) are affected by a free speech event on campus, here are some resources.' The sign then proceeds to list 17 different departments on the university campus that may be of help. Colorado State University has set up 17 different departments for students who are 'affected by a free speech event' Colorado State University, pictured, has seen multiple incidents of hostility toward conservative students recently 17 DEPTS. TO HELP Dean of Students Office of Equal Opportunity  CSU Health Network Counseling Ombuds (for CSU employees)  Employee Assistance Program  Multicultural Counseling  Vice President of Inclusive Excellence  Victim's Assistance Hotline  Incidents of Bias Reporting  Free Speech Student Diversity Programs and Services/Cultural Centers: Asian Pacific American CC Black/African American CC Native American Cultural Center  El Centro Pride Resource Center  Student Disability Center Women and Gender Advocacy Center It includes: Multicultural Counseling,...
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden will announce a plan on Tuesday to distribute 500 million free at-home rapid tests to Americans beginning in January as part of an attempt to double down on the spread of a transmissible variant that has hit the U.S. distressingly close to the holidays.Biden's new efforts come as the omicron variant became the most dominant COVID strain in the country Monday, accounting for nearly three-quarters of all cases, and just as travel kicks off at nearly pre-pandemic levels for the holiday season.The free at-home rapid tests will be delivered by mail to Americans who request them, a senior administration official told reporters on Monday night in a preview of the speech, marking a slightly different approach from European countries that chose to send tests to all residents.Americans will have to request the tests through a website that will launch in January, the official said, and its not yet clear how many tests Americans will be able to request per household.The move is a significant departure from the White House's posture just two weeks ago, when...
    Until today, the most depressing letter I’ve ever read was the one I received from Arsenal Football Club informing me I had failed in my application to be the new 1st team manager. Admittedly, I was only 11 years old at the time and Arsenal were one of the biggest clubs in the world, but still, the rejection stung. However, the pain and anger I felt then paled into insignificance compared to the contorted rage and dismay I experienced when I read Portland State University professor Peter Boghossian’s public letter of resignation. Sometimes, even in these increasingly absurd woke-ravaged cancel culture times, I still physically shudder at a particularly awful example of the way free speech is being annihilated at the altar of political correctness. This was such a time. Boghossian has lectured at PSU as full-time assistant professor of philosophy for the past ten years. He was a popular lecturer known for his truth-seeking, non-indoctrinating style. But he’s now been forced to quit because he says the University has ‘sacrificed ideas for ideology.’ The woke destruction of a...
    More On: facebook QAnon has receded from social media — but it’s just hiding Trump defends Big Tech suit in op-ed: ‘They’re manipulating political debate’ How Vietnam’s ‘influencer’ army wages information warfare on Facebook Zuckerberg, Sandberg go for a stroll amid talk of damaged relationship Cancel culture and wokeism have turned social media into truly perverse tools: They now aggressively censor key points of view (at least from those on the right) while, in the case of Facebook, letting sex-trafficking flourish — and sometimes even allowing child nudity. These “services” fly smack in the face of traditional American values.  Banning former President Donald Trump, a world leader, from such widely used platforms was unprecedented for an advanced, free, democratic republic like ours and wholly out of line with the nation’s longstanding love of free speech. The good news: Trump is fighting back with a comprehensive lawsuit to assert the constitutional rights of all Americans. Not long ago, the nation celebrated our shared values and common interests while respecting dissenting opinions. But this cherished mindset is now almost obsolete in...
    After complaining about censorship of ideas, six House Republicans want to amend the Constitution to do just that. Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) opposes campaign finance reform, claiming it "infringes on free speech rights." But on Monday, he proposed a constitutional amendment that would allow banning a form of political speech. The amendment states, "The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States," and it could effectively remove the First Amendment's protection for people who desecrate the U.S. flag as a form of political protest by authorizing Congress to make that a crime. Womack announced the amendment to coincide with Flag Day. Montana Republican Steve Daines introduced a similar proposal in the Senate the same day. Since the Supreme Court ruled in 1990 that the federal Flag Protection Act, which made it a crime to destroy an American flag, was a violation of the First Amendment, lawmakers have made several unsuccessful attempts to amend the Constitution to circumvent that ruling. Womack filed the...
    Facebook Vice President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg stated in a recent op-ed that Facebook shouldn’t be hampered by regulation so that it can be free to spread its technology worldwide but also American values such as “free expression.” In a recent op-ed published by CNBC, Facebook Vice President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg outlined the values that Facebook believes it must promote worldwide. Clegg stated that Facebook focuses on promoting American values such as “free expression,” a statement many would find ironic considering the allegations of censorship Facebook has faced in recent years. “The US risks becoming a nation that exports incredible technologies, but fails to export its values,” Clegg wrote in the op-ed. Clegg addresses the regulation issues that Facebook is facing from lawmakers, stating: This is a pivotal moment. As policymakers begin drafting laws, it’s increasingly clear there are contrasting visions of what the internet should be. The open, accessible and global internet we use today has been shaped by American companies and American values like free expression, transparency, accountability and the encouragement of innovation and entrepreneurship. But...
    PRINCE Harry has started using American slang but says he is not a fan of the US Bill of Rights' protection of freedom of speech and press calling it "bonkers". The Duke described the trauma experienced from seeing a road accident on the "highway". ???? Read our Meghan and Harry live blog for the latest updates 5Prince Harry has started using American lingo since moving to CaliforniaCredit: AFP He told the podcast: "You notice I didn't say motorway, I really am becoming American." But the prince could find himself less welcomed by his hosts after having his say about the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. The First Amendment protects freedom of speech, the press, assembly, and the right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. But Prince Harry, an anti-press campaigner, said: "I have so much I want to say about the First Amendment. I still don't understand it but it is bonkers." Last October Harry stunned viewers after slipping into American slang during a Time100 Talks webchat after substituting the word 'bonnet' for 'hood'....
    Facebook’s decision to uphold its suspension of former President Donald Trump’s account underscores that Big Tech corporations are attempting to control what the American people are allowed to say and hear.  Last week, I introduced the 21st Century FREE Speech Act, which would ensure that our modern public square is governed by the First Amendment principles of free speech and open exchange of ideas, not the whims of Big Tech censors.  Facebook’s disappointing announcement today highlights the urgent need for this legislation.  Dominant, ubiquitous Big Tech platforms are increasingly choosing which speakers and messages are approved for public discussion, using opaque, inconsistent, and politically motivated moderation practices that change by the day. So, here we are, with an unelected and unaccountable "oversight board" of academics, journalists, lawyers, and activists determining whether a former United States president who recently received 74 million votes from the American public may participate in the modern-day public square. JONATHAN TURLEY: FACEBOOK VS. TRUMP – BIG TECH HAS ALLOWED FOR THE CREATION OF A STATE MEDIA WITHOUT THE STATE As the former U.S. Ambassador to Japan,...
    Multiple left-wing advocacy organizations called on President Joe Biden to create a federal task force to combat “disinformation” on Monday. “Urgent action is needed to ensure that our democracy does not continue to be overrun by disinformation, be it domestic or foreign in origin,” stated a letter obtained by Axios. The letter requested a “Disinformation Defense and Free Expression Task Force” that would be chaired by the Executive Director of the Domestic Policy Council, among other things. (RELATED: Biden Recommended To Appoint ‘Reality Czar’ To ‘Tackle Disinformation’) The groups that signed the letter include PEN America, Voto Latino, Common Cause, the Center for Democracy and Technology, Access Now, SimplySecure, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for American Progress, and Free Press. A coalition of groups is calling on President Biden to create a task force that can explore ways to crack down on deliberate disinformation campaigns in ways that don’t unduly limit free expression. https://t.co/Pjt7NzCA4K — Axios (@axios) April 29, 2021 Common Cause is a 501(c)4 organization that has endorsed HR1 — which would nationalize elections and ban voter ID laws...
    President Joe Biden will reportedly propose a $200 billion initiative to provide free preschool for five million three- and four-year-old children in a speech to a joint session of Congress Wednesday. According to the Associated Press (AP), the plan will save an average family $13,000 by giving away taxpayer funds “to help the states offer preschool, with teachers and other preschool employees earning $15 an hour.” “These investments will give American children a head start and pave the way for the best-educated generation in U.S. history,” the administration reportedly said. The details of the $200 billion initiative are incomplete, but the plan is believed to be a part of the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan, which focuses on “human infrastructure.” Reports indicate human infrastructure includes child care, health care, and education. The plan is not a part of Biden’s $2.25 “Trojan horse” infrastructure proposal that goes beyond traditional items that radical Democrats like Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) believe should be included in future infrastructure legislation. The $200 billion plan is reported to be paid for by taxing the rich but not those who...
                        The Senate’s Committee on Rules and Administration Chairwoman Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has announced she is holding a hearing Wednesday, March 24th at 10:00 AM ET on H.R.1/S.1, the Democrats’ misnamed “For the People Act.” This is the first announced Senate hearing on the Democrats’ plan to do away with your freedom of speech, and if you were hoping the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration would act to correct the outrages that are central provisions of the House-passed bill, think again. We have two ways you can help stop this disaster: First, go to Act for America’s FreeRoots campaign and use the easy online tools to let Congress know you oppose this Un-American assault on free speech and free and fair elections. Second, call your Senators via the toll-free Capitol Switchboard (1-866-220-0044), urge them politely, but firmly, to oppose H.R. 1/S. 1. Given that the bill is almost 800 pages long, we have many specific technical and philosophical objections to H.R. 1, but most of them can be...
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