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Federal Court Agrees to Hear Case to Limit Big Tech’s Right to Censor Users at Will

A federal appeals court has agreed to hear a case that would limit the ability of Big Tech outlets to summarily censor online content.

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A federal appeals court has agreed to hear a case that would limit the ability of Big Tech outlets to summarily censor the online content of their customers.

The court agreed to hear arguments to assess the protections in Section 230 immunity that allows big tech to claim that it has the right to censor users at will because they are not “publishers” that would otherwise be covered by libel laws.

The claim is that Facebook, Twitter, or other such companies, don’t create the content themselves (making them creators or publishers) and that all they do is manage the posts created by their users. And since the Big Tech giants don’t create the content, they can’t be held to libel laws. But they also say that since they don’t create the content, they have to right to delete anything they don’t like after it appears on their platforms, Just The News reported.

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Last week, a lower court sided with Big Tech in the civil right case Domen v. Vimeo. The case was brought against the website Vimeo by the Church United after the Internet company took the church’s page down saying it violated their terms of service. The group was touting “conversion therapy,” which is the idea that gays can be trained away from homosexuality with mental health help. Vimeo said the posts violated its ban on things that upset the gay lobby.

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Last Friday, the three-judge panel of the U.S. Appeals Court for the Second Circuit in New York upheld a lower court’s ruling against the church and in favor of Big Tech. However, just after that ruling, the entire Second Circuit Court of Appeals decided to rehear the case.

The case could set an important precedent in the right of Americans to exercise their free speech online.

“This ruling puts Section 230 immunity in the crosshairs of judicial review. We suspect that the en banc court recognizes that Big Tech is not exempt from state and federal civil rights laws,” said attorney Robert Tyler, general counsel for the Advocates for Faith & Freedom.

“Section 230 was not intended to give Big Tech the right to exclude persons from their platform just because the customer is black, Muslim, white, Christian, homosexual, or formerly homosexual. That is plain invidious discrimination,” Tyler added.

If the case goes against the church group, it is likely that the case will be put before the U.S. Supreme Court. Indeed, it may end up there, regardless.

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Gunman Bricked to Death After Opening Fire on Forth Worth Party

You don’t mess with Texas.

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You know what they say:  Don’t mess with Texas. This is the sort of placed where the locals have no problem reminding you, and swiftly, that you’re not from around here.  They are fiercely independent Americans, and they enjoy their freedom in their own unique way. Texans always seem to get their way, and they certainly have been known to find a unique solution to their problems. This is as true as ever this week. A gunman who opened fire at a party early Monday in Texas, fatally shooting one person, died after attendees struck him with bricks, authorities said. The incident began around 1 a.m. in the backyard of a Fort Worth home when an attendee became angry and left, the police department said in a statement. The person, identified by a Fort Worth police spokesperson only as a man, returned with a second person and got into an argument with other partygoers. The man opened fire, striking one person and causing a non-life-threatening injury, the statement said. But then… When people at the party began chasing him, he opened fire and they threw landscaping bricks at him, the statement said. Two people were struck by gunfire, one of them fatally, police said. The second person was taken to a hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The gunman was pronounced dead at the scene, and has yet to be publicly identified.

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Swastika Found Engraved at State Department Draws Condemnation

The Secretary of State was LIVID.

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There’s nothing funny about the Nazi regime, and everyone knows it, except for a certain breed of adolescent dolt who’s simply looking to appear edgy and dangerous as some hormonal ploy to attract a mate. These are the kids that would draw toothbrush mustaches on the faces in the magazines, or throw up a sig heil behind the teacher’s back for a laugh. But this phase almost always fades as the years climb on, and most of these young idiots looks back at themselves in a perpetual state of cringe. This leaves us to assume that anyone continuing to exude such Hitleresque nonsense into adulthood is doing so very purposefully, and not with the naïveté of their younger years. At the State Department, this reality is causing a bit of concern. A swastika carved into an elevator car has been discovered at the State Department in Washington—in a location within the building’s security perimeter. The elevator is close to the office of the special envoy charged with monitoring and opposing anti-semitism, Axios reports. Secretary of State Antony Blinken emailed all employees Tuesday about the discovery. Blinken was livid. “The hateful graffiti has been removed and this incident will be investigated,” he wrote. Blinken is the stepson of a Holocaust survivor, per the Washington Post, and has emphasized the threat of anti-semitism, which he wrote “isn’t a relic of the past.” Officials have said President Biden will nominate an ambassador-at-large to deal with the problem; the Jerusalem Post called for such a position in an editorial this month. Hate has been on the rise in America in recent years, as white supremacist groups continue to recruit and spread their message online, and then, often violently, in real life.

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