Jonathan Turley has compiled a handy lists of state governments that oppose free speech. Scroll down for the complete list.
In Missouri v. Biden, the Fifth Circuit found that the federal government engaged in acts of coerced censorship by pressuring social media platforms to “remove disfavored content and accounts from their sites.” In this instance, Big Brother wasn’t doing the censorship itself. Rather, it was leaning on Big Tech to do it for them.
The Fifth Circuit found that coerced speech violated the First Amendment rights of individuals on that platform in a decision handed down on September 8.
Given the obvious importance and the constitutional questions raised in this matter, the Supreme Court decided to take up the matter on appeal.
Predictably, 24 Democratic Attorneys General filed on a brief asking the court to overturn the Fifth Circuit’s decision. That is, these states believe that it is OK for the federal government to pressure Facebook, Instagram, X and other social media sites to take down content posted by people like you and I that the government doesn’t like.
Somewhere up in heaven, George Orwell is thinking to himself “man, did I call this or what!”
Turley’s list of anti-free speech states appears below:
District of Columbia