Saturday, October 16, 2021

Clarence Thomas: Supreme Court Will Soon Have to Address Tech Censorship

by Allum Bokhari, Breitbart:

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas today outlined a detailed legal argument for why social media companies might need to be subject to strict rules forbidding them from denying service to users for any reason or no reason, including the possibility of designating them as common carriers — which would effectively eliminate their ability to ban or censor users for legal, First Amendment protected speech.

Thomas outlined his opinion in a concurrence to reject a case that began under the Trump administration, challenging the President’s right to block users from his Twitter feed.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Says Social Media Companies Do Not Have Right to Ban Protected Speech

by Cassandra Fairbanks, The Gateway Pundit:

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has said that the Supreme Court will soon have “no choice but to address” how speech is controlled by a few private social media platforms.

Justice Thomas wrote about the power of social media company’s to censor people as the court decided not to review an appeals court ruling that Donald Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking some Twitter users when he was president.

Clarence Thomas Hints That Congress Could Strip Social Media Giants Of First Amendment Protections, Comparing Them To ‘Public Accommodations’

by Ian Haworth, Daily Wire:

On Monday, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas seemed to argue that social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter may not be able to hide behind the First Amendment in their attempts to regulate various forms of speech on their platforms.

Most notably, the legendary Justice compared the Big Tech giants to “common carriers” and “public accommodations.”

Ohio Professor Refusing to Use Transgender Pronouns Wins Appeals Case Over ‘Free-Speech Protections’

from Sputnik News:

An unnamed transgender student at an Ohio university had filed a complaint with the institution’s officials over a philosophy professor’s repeated refusal to use “Ms.” instead of “Mr.”; the teacher has pushed back.

Professor Nicholas Meriwether from Shawnee State University, Ohio has won a First Amendment case before a federal appeals court, effectively clearing the way for him to sue his employer for damages after the school disciplined him in 2016 for refusing to use preferred pronouns to address a transgender student.

A Biden Appointee’s Troubling Views On The First Amendment

by Matt Taibbi, TK News:

When Columbia law professor Timothy Wu was appointed by Joe Biden to the National Economic Council a few weeks back, the press hailed it as great news for progressives. The author of The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age is known as a staunch advocate of antitrust enforcement, and Biden’s choice of him, along with the appointment of Lina Khan to the Federal Trade Commission, was widely seen as a signal that the new administration was assembling what Wired called an “antitrust all-star team.”

Big Tech critic Tim Wu joins Biden administration to work on competition policy,” boomed CNBC, while Marketwatch added, “Anti-Big Tech crusader reportedly poised to join Biden White House.” Chicago law professor Eric Posner’s piece for Project Syndicate was titled “Antitrust is Back in America.” Posner noted Wu’s appointment comes as Senator Amy Klobuchar has introduced regulatory legislation that ostensibly targets companies like Facebook and Google, which a House committee last year concluded have accrued “monopoly power.”

First-Time Gun Ownership Surges as Democrats Pushing Left-Leaning Policies

from The Epoch Times:

First-time gun ownership has surged across the United States in recent months as gun background checks hit record highs.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), as many as 8.5 million people bought their first gun in 2020. Furthermore, FBI data shows that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) processed more than 4,317,000 background check requests for gun purchases in January of this year, the highest number for a single month since November 1998.

The Government’s War on Free Speech: Protest Laws Undermine the First Amendment

by John W. Whitehead, Rutherford Institute:

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”— George Washington

It’s a given that the government is corrupt, unaccountable, and has exceeded its authority.

So what can we do about it?

The first remedy involves speech (protest, assembly, speech, prayer, and publicity), and lots of it, in order to speak truth to power.

The First Amendment, which is the cornerstone of the Bill of Rights, affirms the right of “we the people” to pray freely about our grievances regarding the government. We can gather together peacefully to protest those grievances. We can publicize those grievances. And we can express our displeasure (peacefully) in word and deed.

Gab Faces Financial Blacklisting, Says Efforts to Build ‘Free Speech Internet’ Won’t Be Stopped

by Allum Bokhari, Breitbart:

Gab, the social network known for its Christian values and uncompromising stance on freedom of speech, says it has been deplatformed from three different banks over negative coverage in the legacy media. The latest actions are part of a multiyear wave of blacklisting by tech companies and financial institutions intent on shutting Gab down.

The founder and CEO of Gab, Andrew Torba, told Breitbart News that “Gab was banned from three different banks,” describing the one justification provided to him as “the bad things the press has written about us.”

GameStopping Our Freedom Of Speech!

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from Silver Doctors:

What a joke we live in, when freedom of speech at the retail level, is offensive to Algo profitting companies like every major and central bank…

by  J. Johnson via JS Mineset

Great and Wonderful Friday Morning Folks,

The February Precious Metals Options expiration happens next week Tuesday. With that in mind Gold goes lower, with the April contract trading at $1,768.50, down $6.50 after the typical London hit down to $1,759 with the high to beat at $1,776.30. Silver is harder to shake loose from the physical buyers grip with the May contract at $27.09, down 2.8 cents after that huge market-makers-middle-of-the-night-slam-dunk down to $26.105 before it recovered with the high to beat at $27.29.

Elon Musk: People Are Going to be ‘Super Unhappy’ With Big Tech As ‘The De Facto Arbiter of Free Speech’

by Chris Menahan, Information Liberation:

Elon Musk, who became the world’s richest man last week, is against Big Tech censorship.

In response to a Babylon Bee article titled “Evil Fascist Dictator Censored And Voted Out Of Office,” Musk tweeted on Monday: “A lot of people are going to be super unhappy with West Coast high tech as the de facto arbiter of free speech.”

Amazon to Remove Parler From Its Web Hosting Service

by Janita Kan, NTD:

Parler is fending off another attempt to shut down the social media network after Amazon said it is suspending the company from its web hosting service.

Parler founder and CEO John Matze said in a statement that the multinational technology company will be shutting Parler’s servers at midnight Sunday, Jan. 10.

Matze has characterized the decision as “an attempt to completely remove free speech off the internet.”

He added that Parler may be unavailable for up to a week as they work to rebuild the networking service online.