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."