Online Censorship

A federal court in Washington ruled against a tech policy group in their case against President Donald Trump over his executive order on preventing online censorship. The group claimed the order constituted “retaliatory action” against companies like Twitter, which flagged the president’s tweets for inaccuracies, but the court found “online behemoths” do not need the group to “carry their water for them.”

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Trolls Get Creative After WHO Censors Taiwan

Alleged censorship of Taiwan on the World Health Organization’s Facebook page inspired some creative trolling Thursday, with special characters and foreign scripts used to bypass filters that also censored Winnie the Pooh, a character used to poke fun at Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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YouTube Channels

A federal court in California declined to grant YouTube channel creators a temporary restraining order against Google in their case alleging the company censored conservative YouTube channels. A YouTube employee stated the channels espoused harmful conspiracy theories and “horrifying and unsubstantiated accusations of violent and criminal conduct supposedly committed” by various people.

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Judge Unlikely to Block Trump Order Targeting Social Media Immunity

Despite recent action by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to review the limits of liability protection for online platforms, a federal judge said Wednesday he is unlikely to block an executive order that directs federal agencies to crack down on social media firms for censoring the president’s speech.

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Bolton Says White House Violated First Amendment Out of Embarrassment

Bolstered by a career official’s searing affidavit, attorneys for John Bolton told a federal judge Thursday that the Trump administration blocked the former national security adviser’s explosive tell-all to shield the president’s fragile ego rather than protect classified information.

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Instagram Immunity

The New Hampshire Supreme Court denied Facebook immunity under the Communications Decency Act for deleting a Somersworth cafe’s Instagram account without warning or explanation. The cafe used its @Teatotaller account to voice support for LGTBQ rights as well as promote its business, but it is unknown if the account was deleted due to content.

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Bolton Book Reveals a Dizzyingly Uninformed President

President Donald Trump “pleaded” with China’s Xi Jinping during a 2019 summit to help him be re-elected, according to a scathing new book by former national security adviser John Bolton that accuses Trump of being uninformed on important issues and driven by political calculations when making national security decisions.

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