• FBI may have violated First Amendment with Twitter moderation requests

    From Johnny@21:1/5 to All on Wed Dec 14 07:55:40 2022
    By Jessica Chasmar
    Published December 14, 2022

    The FBI may have may have violated the First Amendment by asking
    Twitter to moderate certain speech, as revealed in a recent "Twitter
    Files" release, constitutional experts tell Fox News Digital.


    Heritage Foundation senior legal fellow Hans von Spakovsky told Fox
    News Digital that while Twitter is a private company that is free to
    moderate content, the company could be viewed as an agent for the
    federal government if it is found to be taking its direction.

    "The First Amendment applies to the government and prohibits censorship
    by government agencies and entities, not private actors," Von Spakovsky

    "However, when a private company is censoring information based on
    direction, coordination and cooperation with the government, then
    legally it may be considered to be acting as an agent for the
    government, and it may be found to be violating the First Amendment."


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