Americans’ Speech Rights Threatened By Foreign Governments, WHO: Civll Libertarians

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Americans who anticipate the Supreme Court will prevent the federal government from pressuring or collaborating with social media companies to remove purported misinformation shouldn’t get too excited even if that ruling comes to pass when the justices’ term ends next month.

Foreign governments from Geneva to Canberra are taking actions that may inhibit or even prevent what Americans can see and say online, though not without pushback from members of Congress, civil liberties groups and a mercurial billionaire.

This goes further than Brazil’s censorship of social media within its territory alone, the subject of House Judiciary Committee reports this spring.