Twitter is not a state actor liable for deleting user-generated content as it is a private entity and has its own constitutional rights under the First Amendment, as per the Ninth Circuit's decision and its precedent in Prager v. Google, rejecting social media users' attempts to hold platforms responsible for moderating content while allowing the government to flag or give discretion to these media companies to remove or demote posts.
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Utah teens now need parental approval to use social media and must only log in between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m., while companies have to provide parents access to their children's accounts, leading to concerns that the regulations will infringe on privacy rights and could place sensitive information at risk.
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The 11th Circuit panel refused to lift an injunction against Florida's "Stop WOKE Act," rejecting the state's request to let it enforce the Individual Freedom Act while it appeals a lower court ruling, which argues that the act prohibits private employers and university professors from endorsing certain concepts related to race and other categories of identity.
The article features a series of recent blog posts from EFF, covering a range of topics including data privacy protections in Argentina, age verification laws, new California legislation to protect people seeking abortion and gender-affirming care from dragnet-style digital surveillance, a New York spyware and stalkerware case, and Mastodon as an alternative to Twitter.
A New York appellate court has dismissed a complaint by an NYU professor against colleagues who signed a letter calling for an expedited review of his "intimidation tactics," "abuses of authority" and "explicit hate speech," as the letter was "nonactionable opinion."
Fox News host Tucker Carlson claimed that the media's depiction of the January 6th Capitol violence as a "deadly insurrection" was false according to surveillance video he obtained and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, which showed primarily peaceful chaos, however, critics said Carlson is misleading in his descriptions, as there were instances of violence against police officers and their unauthorized presence was still a criminal offense.
Filmmakers who sued RCN for failing to act against customers accused of piracy subpoenaed Reddit for comments made by anonymous users that could potentially help back up their claim, but Reddit strongly objects arguing that it would violate its users' First Amendment Right to anonymous speech - this has led to tension and legal disputes between that two sides with the filmmakers claiming that Reddit's alleged false statements about the discovery deadline could be a retaliatory move for requesting information about Reddit users.
A Florida teacher has been placed on leave after posting politically oriented TikTok videos shot in his school, one of which suggested the school system was banning books including the dictionary, and another, that white students bowed down to black students.
Naomi Wolf's lawsuit against Twitter for their COVID-19 misinformation crackdown has become moot due to the recent changes in Twitter's ownership, which resulted in her reinstated account and the removal of content moderation policies.
A federal court has preliminarily enjoined NY's mandatory editorial transparency laws regarding 'hateful conduct' due to it violating the freedom of speech by forcing publishers to endorse the state's definition of hateful conduct and infringing on their editorial rights.
In South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP v. Kohn, a federal court held that government bans on scraping potentially infringe on First Amendment rights and denied the government's motion to dismiss the NAACP's First Amendment challenge to a law that restricted automated access to public housing data.
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