BREAKING: Federal Judge Slams The Gavel, Declares Facebook Doesn’t Have The Right To Censor Free Speech, “Today we reject…”

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In America, free speech is the building block of our society. People have been free to express their ideas no matter how unpopular or unconventional they were. That is until Big Tech fact checkers came along. 

Companies like Facebook, Google, and Twitter decided it was time to treat people whose speech they don’t like or agree with as dissidents. 

This practice goes against the principles of any truly free society. 

Governor Abbott of Texas knows that which is why he signed HB 20. It’s a bill that puts an end to censoring or limiting speech based on viewpoint expression. It applies to social media platforms with 50 million plus monthly users. 

It was reported that Federal Judge Andrew S. Oldham of the Fifth Circuit said the social media platforms argued for “a rather odd inversion of the First Amendment” that “buried somewhere in the person’s enumerated right to free speech lies a corporation’s unenumerated right to muzzle speech.”

“Today we reject the idea that corporations have a freewheeling First Amendment right to censor what people say,” Judge Oldham continued.

No surprise, the left-wing big tech companies are fighting back against the Texas law. Meta, formerly Facebook, Inc., is represented by the nonprofit group, NetChoice. They are challenging HR 20 and said they are disappointed with the ruling. 

 “We remain convinced that when the U.S. Supreme Court hears one of our cases, it will uphold the First Amendment rights of websites, platforms, and apps,” as reported by Fox News. 

Friday’s ruling is a one-eighty from the ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in May of this year. They struck down a similar social media law in Florida saying that the law would violate the platforms’ First Amendment free speech rights. 

This new ruling creates a “circuit split” and usually ups the chance of the Supreme Court taking up the case. 

Republicans are celebrating this ruling as a victory in the fight against Big Tech censorship. House Republicans are focused on holding Big Tech accountable and making sure they are no longer allowed to censor going forward.

Big Tech created a monopoly over public conversation. They decide what we as Americans can see on the internet, which opinions we’re allowed to share, and what is “safe” for public consumption. It’s very un-American. 

No company has the right to limit the information which Americans can access.

Attacks on free speech take us down a dangerous road. When people are silenced or called names like “racist” or “misogynist, for any speech that goes against the Big Tech overlords, it erases the chance for open and robust debate. 

People need to know both sides of an argument to make informed decisions. Indoctrination, violence against speech you don’t like, and keeping one side out of the public square will erode a free society. Free speech is the hill to die on! 

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