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How Supreme Court could give First Amendment protections to social med

The First Amendment does not protect messages posted on social media platforms.The companies that own the platforms can—and do—remove, promote, or limit the distribution of any posts, according to corporate policies. But all that might soon change.The Supreme Court has agreed to hear five cases during this current term, which ends in June 2024, that collectively give the court the opportunity to reexamine the nature of content moderation—the rules governing discussions on social media platforms such as Facebook and X…

Shasta supervisors declare county a 2nd Amendment fortress in ‘war on guns’

After gaining national attention for dumping Dominion Voting Systems and becoming the largest entity in the United States to resort to hand-counting ballots, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday waded into another issue roiling right-wing America: an unwavering defense of gun rights.By a 4-0 vote, the board approved a resolution declaring that the county would “use all lawful means at its disposal to support and defend the Second Amendment.”Supervisor Patrick Jones, whose day job is managing his family’s gun…

First Amendment org challenges restrictions on TikTok at Texas universities

Through a new lawsuit, a free speech group and research coalition that studies technology’s effect on society are pushing back against a ban on TikTok affecting government devices in the state of Texas. In the lawsuit, filed by Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute on behalf of the Coalition for Independent Technology Research, the allied plaintiffs argue that restrictions on TikTok in Texas violate the First Amendment. The lawsuit focuses on how the ban affects faculty members at public…

New Lawsuit Claims Texas TikTok Ban Violates First Amendment

The University of Texas at Austin.Image: f11photo (Shutterstock)After Republican Governor Greg Abott announced a sweeping ban of TikTok on state devices this past winter, a group representing university professors is challenging him with a new lawsuit. The complaint, filed Thursday, claims that the prohibitioninfringes on First Amendment rights.The New York Times reports that the lawsuit was filed in Western District of Texas federal court by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University on behalf of a

TikTok Sues Montana Over Ban, Cites First Amendment

TikTok sued Montana on Monday after the state’s ban of the short-form video app, saying it violated the First Amendment. The lawsuit contested the ban, seeking to ensure that TikTok remains legal in Montana. “Montana’s ban abridges freedom of speech in violation of the First Amendment, violates the U.S. Constitution in multiple other respects, and is preempted by federal law,” the filing reads. The filing refuted the grounds on which Montana banned TikTok, citing the concern that its Chinese roots make the…

TikTok Ban Signed in Montana, Paving Way for First Amendment Legal Battle

Montana’s ban on TikTok is slated to take effect next year, paving the way for a legal fight that could determine the fate of a possible nationwide prohibition. Montana’s ban on TikTok is slated to take effect next year, paving the way for a legal fight that could determine the fate of a possible nationwide prohibition. FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS Read original article here Denial of responsibility! Techno Blender is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary…

Can Biden use the 14th amendment to avert defaulting on the debt ceiling?

So it’s come to this: another debt ceiling crisis. This is the fifth standoff I’ve covered as a reporter. There was the big one in 2011, of course, but then the 2013 standoff related to Obamacare, the lower-profile standoff in 2015, and the 2021 fight that required a temporary change to the Senate filibuster. I’m 32 years old. As I tell myself in the mirror every morning, that is not old. And I’m on my fifth debt ceiling crisis. All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again. The first-best solution to…

IT Rules: IT Rules amendment for government fact-checking unit threatens press freedom, say rights organisations

Sixteen organisations including Amnesty International, Access Now and Human Rights Watch issued a joint statement against the latest amendments to the Information Technology (IT) Rules of 2022, under which the government proposes to set up a fact-checking unit for government news, saying it would “censor journalism and severely jeopardise freedom of expression”. “India’s new IT Rules amendment effectively empowers the government to be the judge and the jury on online content pertaining to itself. Fake, false and…

IT amendment rules: MeitY notifies IT amendment rules: Govt-appointed fact-checker to identify fake news

The Centre on Thursday notified the establishment of a state-appointed body to fact-check all government-related content online deemed as misinformation or disinformation, a move that drew sharp criticism from internet and free speech activists who said it will lead to censorship.While the fact-checking unit of the Press Information Bureau (PIB) is the “preferred agency” for the task, other government-appointed fact-checking organisations may also be notified in future, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, minister of state for…

kapil sibal: Former minister Kapil Sibal slams govt over IT Amendment Rules

Former IT minister Kapil Sibal on Saturday attacked the Centre over the fact-check provisions of the IT Amendment Rules, saying now the government will decide what is fake and Union Home Minister Amit Shah says democracy is not in danger. Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Thursday said internet firms like Google, Facebook and Twitter may lose protection under safe harbour if they fail to remove content identified by the government-notified fact-checker as false or misleading information.…