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A Lack Of (Good) Faith: Why Social Media Needs To Respect Section 230 Immunity

Call me old fashioned, but I actually like the healthy exchange of ideas.
Tags: Technology, Law, Free Speech, Section 230, Tom Kulik, Communications Decency Act

'Facebook did nothing' about violent militia and hate speech groups for five years despite being warned at least 10 times, advocacy group says

Facebook has repeatedly come under fire for ignoring warnings about violent groups using its platform to incite violence. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Facebook has long ignored repeated warnings about militia and hate groups promoting violence against Muslims, according to civil rights group Muslim Advocates. Muslim Advocates published a timeline on Wednesday of 10 instances since 2015 where it alerted the company to militia and hate groups using Facebook events to organize armed anti-Muslim ral...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, Texas, News, Trends, Social Media, Civil Rights, Muslim, Portland Oregon, Hate Speech, Free Speech, Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg, Phoenix, HuffPost

Facebook 'did nothing' about violent militia and hate groups for 5 years despite being warned at least 10 times, advocacy group says

Facebook has repeatedly come under fire for ignoring warnings about violent groups using its platform to incite violence. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik The civil-rights group Muslim Advocates is accusing Facebook of long ignoring repeated warnings that militia and hate groups are promoting violence against Muslims. Muslim Advocates published a timeline Wednesday of 10 instances since 2015 in which it said it alerted the company to militias and hate groups using Facebook events to organize armed a...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, Texas, News, Trends, Social Media, Civil Rights, Muslim, Portland Oregon, Hate Speech, Free Speech, Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg, Phoenix, HuffPost

13 Things to Know About Employment Law Right Now (in Honor of 13 Years!)

13 years ago this week, I started this blog. But rather than dwell on another anniversary (and six months since working from home), I’d rather spend the time hitting a few (ok, 13) items in employment law because have been quite a few developments. Governor Lamont issued new Executive Orders this week amending the travel quarantine.   The biggest change from Executive Order 9C?  There’s now an expanded testing alternative that allows for a traveler to get a negative test either immediately prio...
Tags: Travel, Politics, Jobs, Law, Labor, Uncategorized, Training, Website, Unemployment, Connecticut, Guidance, Prevention, Sexual Harassment, Free Speech, Rate, EEOC

If Madison throws away money on this, we taxpayers should revolt.

I'm reading — and fuming over — "Attorney: Madison City Council could investigate, censure council member for vulgarity" (Wisconsin State Journal).At one point during a marathon, sometimes tense, online council meeting that stretched from a Tuesday evening to early Wednesday, a man’s voice was heard uttering an expletive right after a Madison resident’s name was read so she could speak during public comment at about 2:45 a.m. Video of the person who said the profanity did not pop up in the Zoom ...
Tags: Law, Office, Council, Free Speech, Madison, Wisconsin State Journal, Ann Althouse, Insults, Dirty Words, Madison City Council, Michael Haas

"The episode... signaled the repudiation of an honored and admired intellectual archetype – the curmudgeon."

"I'm not a close friend, but, as a book writer and former critic myself, I've encountered [Carlin] Romano over the years, and I'd describe him as something of a throwback to an earlier era, when a crusty, Socratic, erudite style carried with it a certain charm. But that's one of the ways Romano seems no longer to fit in. One critics circle board member, Columbia University professor John McWhorter, an African American, agreed with him on the substance of the anti-racism pledge, but told the webs...
Tags: Law, Columbia University, Black Lives Matter, Free Speech, Carlin, Carl Jung, Romano, John McWhorter, Jung, Richard Bernstein, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Carlin Romano, McWhorter, National Book Critics Circle, Cancel Culture

"Thirty years ago one could reply, ‘So what,’ ‘laugh it off,’ ‘talk back,’ or some other cliched response."

"Today that’s impossible. If someone is guilty of hate speech they almost immediately apologize when it’s called to their attention. The social norm against hate speech is pretty firmly established."Said lawprof Richard Delgado, quoted in "The Deeply Pessimistic Intellectual Roots of Black Lives Matter, the '1619 Project' and Much Else in Woke America" (RCP). Much more at the link. I wanted to highlight Richard Delgado, who was a colleague of mine at the University of Wisconsin back in the days ...
Tags: Law, Free Speech, University Of Wisconsin, Ann Althouse, Donna Shalala, Critical Race Theory, Richard Delgado, Much Else in Woke America RCP

Facebook may proactively censor content to protect itself from legal or regulatory action

Starting from October 1, Facebook might proactively block content, if “it determines” that doing so is “reasonably necessary” to avoid any legal or regulatory impact on the company. In short, the company has decided that it will take down content which isn’t necessarily unlawful, just so that it can avoid legal or regulatory scrutiny. Facebook told Bloomberg that the change will allow it to block users and publishers in Australia from sharing news. However, since Facebook told the publication th...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Congress, Australia, India, Censorship, BJP, Bloomberg, Mozilla, Caa, Kashmir, Free Speech, Facebook Facebook

Woman Arrested For Facebook Post Promoting Anti-Lockdown Protest in Australia

Police in Australia arrested a 28-year-old woman on Wednesday for publishing a Facebook post that promotes an anti-lockdown protest in the country’s state of Victoria. Footage of the arrest was captured by her partner and shows police officers handcuffing the woman and saying that she’s being charged with…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Australia, Viral Videos, Victoria, Livestream, Free Speech, First Amendment, Adrian Smith, Australian Police, Covid 19, Victorian Police, Facebook Post Promoting Anti Lockdown Protest

Facebook will soon take down posts that can potentially land it in legal trouble

The updated terms will go live from October 1st
Tags: Facebook, News, Trends, Social Media, Free Speech, Breaking Twitter

Three thinkers on when we should call out harmful speech

Modern debates over free speech rage on the internet, but what do experts say?Some think it is easy to go too far in limiting public debate by offending parties, others argue limits are part of normal discourse. While the debate isn't settled, these thinkers can give you some starting points for your next discussion. If you've been online in the past few weeks, you've probably come across at least one person discussing free speech. The debate over if it is threatened, who has it, who needs it, ...
Tags: Human Rights, Protest, Levy, Innovation, Philosophy, Debate, Free Speech, Harper, Griffith University, University Of Illinois, Rowling, J K Rowling, Grossman, John Stuart Mill, Oxford Uehiro Centre, Neil Levy

Trump got hit with another lawsuit over his executive order targeting social media companies — this time from voting rights groups who say he's suppressing accurate election info

US presdient Donald Trump and the Twitter logo are seen in this photo illustration on December 1, 2017. y Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Voting rights groups sued Trump on Thursday over his executive order targeting social media companies' legal protections, which he issued after Twitter fact-checked his false tweets about mail-in voting.The groups argue that the order deprives voters of their First Amendment right to receive accurate information about elections.They also argue that...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Instagram, US, Trends, Social Media, Lawsuits, Executive Order, Donald Trump, Free Speech, First Amendment, Trump, Twitter Facebook, Northern District of California, Commerce Department

Facebook Has Begun Purging Oath Keepers & Other Patriot Groups

Editors Note: Meanwhile Antifa and BLM groups are left alone to spread their hate of America unchecked all over. Facebook Has Begun Purging Oath Keepers & Other Patriot Groups USA – -( This is an ideological and political purge. Oath Keepers does not engage in unlawful activities or advocate or incite violence. Quite the contrary. We stand for law and order under the Constitution and defend people against unlawful violence. And that’s exactly why we are being purged. Frankly, ...
Tags: Facebook, Guns, Censorship, America, BLM, Free Speech, National Guard, Shooting Media News, Oath Keepers, Antifa, Facebook Has Begun Purging Oath Keepers

A look at some of Facebook’s run-ins with governments of other countries

Facebook has been embroiled in a major controversy in India, following a Wall Street Journal investigation that reported that Facebook refused to take down hate speech made by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members for the fear of hurting its business interests in India. Facebook India’s public policy team has since attracted considerable attention and criticism. The team, led by Ankhi Das, had chosen to ignore hate speech by Raja Singh, a BJP MLA from Telangana, and other party leaders. It sugges...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Supreme Court, Congress, Senate, India, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, United Nations, Brazil, Un, Myanmar, Hate Speech, Donald Trump

Worker fired for mocking company pay with Downfall meme awarded $200k

In 2018, BP refinery worker Scott Tracey posted a Downfall parody on Facebook to mock the company's salary negotiations. So it fired him, claiming it was "highly offensive and inappropriate". Two years later he has emerged victorious from an unfair dismissal case filed against BP in Australia, forcing the company to reinstate him and pay him $200,000 in lost wages, bonuses, pension contributions and tax contributions. Downfall parodies, taken from the 2004 movie of the same name, show Hitler's f...
Tags: Post, News, Law, Australia, Nazis, Memes, Bp, Hitler, Free Speech, Tracey, Downfall, Scott Tracey, Australian Workers Union West Australian, Brad Gandy

U.S. Army Esports Team Says It's Unbanning Americans Who Asked About W4r Cr1mes

The U.S. Army says it will restore Americans’ God-given right to shitpost on its esports channel, the premier destination for watching your favorite former sniper shoot up digital Middle Eastern villages. The Verge reports that the Army has decided to unban pesky anti-war Twitch commenters, with caveats ensuring that,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Army, US Army, Twitch, Free Speech, Esports, U S Army, W4r Crimes, U S Army Esports Team

"The faculty letter gives the impression that many Princeton professors believe their institution is rife with anti-Black racism and that the university must risk abandoning long-standing core values..."

"... to be anti-racist. But most signatories who responded to my queries hold neither of those beliefs.... Outside observers should be sophisticated enough to understand that universities are socially and politically complex communities where faculty members don’t always say what they mean, especially when asked to sign on to a group letter with hundreds of their colleagues in a moment of national crisis. 'Much as I’m averse to aspects of any letters signed by more than one person—chiefly that t...
Tags: Law, Atlantic, Princeton, Free Speech, Conor Friedersdorf, Race And Education, Ann Althouse, Clear Speech, Cowardice, Academic Freedom, Paul -RSB- Muldoon, Princeton Faculty

Trump Admin Moves to Boot GOP FCC Commissioner Who Hinted Its Social Media Order Is 'Gibberish'

The White House has yanked its nomination to give GOP Federal Communications Commissioner Mike O’Rielly another term at the agency, offering no explanation as to why.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Science, Technology, Fcc, Youtube, White House, Social Media, Federal Communications Commission, Donald Trump, Free Speech, Tech Policy, Section 230, Mike O'Rielly, Mike Orielly

"I believe in free speech but more so in good editing. This piece is unintelligible."

The top-rated comment at an article that I was going to blog, tried to blog, but gave up on blogging... until I saw that the way to blog it was to blog that comment: "The 'cancel culture' debate gets the fight for free speech entirely wrong" by Eve Fairbanks (WaPo). Here's a quote from the article that I'd picked out, then gave up on: "A robust defense of free speech sounds impossible to dislike. But if you interrogate it, you somehow end up proving the absolutists’ point: that they cannot voice...
Tags: Law, Blogging, Editing, Free Speech, Ann Althouse, Eve Fairbanks

Cartoon: Carlos on Xi Jinping’s cures

In his medicine cabinet, there’s always a remedy for all that ails the Chinese president The post Cartoon: Carlos on Xi Jinping’s cures appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Opinion, China, Xi Jinping, Cartoons, Free Speech, Openaccess, Carlos, COVID-19

"Joe Rogan and guest Abigail Shrier equate being trans to having anorexia, joining a cult, and 'demonic possession.'"

"Rogan's podcast is available on YouTube, which has removed other content for equating being trans to having a mental disorder." That's the headline at Media Matters, and it's woefully inaccurate. I can say that because I've listened to the entire Rogan/Shrier discussion, and they are clearly supportive of transgender people but are focusing on a set of young girls who say they are transgender (and who can quickly get drugs and surgery) when there is reason to think they are mistaken.Once you ge...
Tags: Law, Transgender, Free Speech, Joe Rogan, Rogan, Ann Althouse, Abigail Shrier, Rogan Shrier

AOC Files Measure to Kill U.S. Military Twitch Streams as Battle Over Protester Bans Heats Up

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez plans to file an amendment that would bar any part of the U.S. military from spending federal funds to operate accounts on any “video game, esports, or live-streaming platform,” Vice reported on Wednesday. At the same time, prominent civil rights groups have demanded…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Video Games, Streisand Effect, Navy, US military, Army, US Army, US Navy, Twitch, Free Speech, Esports, First Amendment, Aoc, Discord, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

"California city washes away Black Lives Matter street art after resident asks for ‘MAGA 2020’ painting."

WaPo reports.Despite granting permission for the temporary street art and even providing the paint for the July 4 project, officials in [Redwood City, California] ordered the painting be cleared from its prime location late last week, KPIX reported....The request [to paint MAGA 2020] came from local attorney Maria Rutenburg, who [argued] that once the words “Black Lives Matter” were painted on the street, it effectively became “a public forum.” “Everybody has a chance of saying whatever they fee...
Tags: Law, California, America, Signs, Black Lives Matter, Free Speech, WaPo, KPIX, Pease, Redwood City California, Ann Althouse, Mottos, Rutenberg, Maria Rutenburg, Rutenburg, Dan Pease

I didn't watch Trump's interview with Chris Wallace, but I'll read the transcript.

Why didn't I watch?! I told myself to watch, but I did not. I've turned away from watching the news on television. It's becoming a real aversion. I prefer to get my information from reading, so let's look at this transcript. I'll just do a few excepts, I think:WALLACE: But -- but this isn't burning embers, sir? This is a forest fire.TRUMP: No, no. But I don't say -- I say flames, we'll put out the flames. And we'll put out in some cases just burning embers. We also have burning embers. We have...
Tags: Florida, Law, Obama, Mexico, Police, White House, Russia, Alabama, America, Joe Biden, Metaphor, Fox, Hillary Clinton, United States, Civil War, Al Sharpton

It's obvious to Glenn Greenwald that "the Letter was signed by frauds, eager to protect their own status."

1/ Regarding the apparent fact that the Letter’s organizer wanted to have me sign but the luminaries actually in control cancelled me (I was never asked), it’s been obvious from the start that the Letter was signed by frauds, eager to protect their own status, not the principles. — Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 18, 2020 He continues in a series of tweets:2/ I’ve been defending these principles for decades, as a lawyer & journalist — **not** as a way of protecting h...
Tags: Law, Glenn Greenwald, Free Speech, Matt Yglesias, Yglesias, TCW, Greenwald, George Packer, Ann Althouse, Chatterton, Thomas Chatterton Williams, Cancel Culture, Poya Pakzad

What is the real "free speech problem" on the left from the point of view of a real leftist?

I'm reading "Do Progressives Have a Free Speech Problem?/The illiberal left is a lot less threatening than the right. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist" by Michelle Goldberg (NYT). Goldberg signed the "Letter on Justice and Open Debate" that was published in Harper's, and she's using this column to expand on the topic.She says she initially declined to sign the letter, "in part because it denounced 'cancel culture'" — a term she associates with "right-wing whiners like Ivanka Trump who think pr...
Tags: Law, Labor, Atlantic, Free Speech, Harper, Columbia, Trump, Willis, Ivanka Trump, Goldberg, John McWhorter, Michelle Goldberg, Ann Althouse, Catharine MacKinnon, Left-wing Ideology, Hannah Giorgis

A sign that says "The right to openly discuss ideas must be defended" brings out the absolute worst in people.

The spirit of wokeness.— Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) July 11, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Bullying, Law, Signs, Protests, Free Speech, Andrew Sullivan, Ann Althouse, Ugliness

An Open Letter on Free Expression Draws a Counterblast

A few days after more than 150 cultural luminaries warned of a growing “intolerant climate,” another group responded with a pointed letter of its own.
Tags: News, Social Media, Letters, Free Speech, News and News Media, Writing and Writers, Harper's Magazine

Two Cheers for Liberalism! (Or Maybe One and a Half)

Free speech has to rest on a shared morality.
Tags: News, Free Speech, Individualism, Politics And Government, Race and Ethnicity, Liberalism (US Politics

Why Harper's "Letter on Justice and Open Debate" is dumb

On July 7, Harper's published "A Letter on Justice and Open Debate," which was signed by a diverse body of writers and public intellectuals. Without actually using the term "cancel culture" the letter argues that "public shaming" and "ostracism" are leading to an environment in which the "free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted." Mike Masnick of Techdirt says, "hogwash," in a piece titled "Harper's Gives Prestigious Platform ...
Tags: Post, News, Free Speech, Harper, Mike Masnick, Mike, Techdirt, Annie Spratt