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Tech Group Sues Over Trump’s Executive Order that Targets Social Media Platforms

On June 2nd, the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s executive order that authorizes federal agencies to review Section 230, a law that protects social media companies from lawsuits over the content published on their sites. 

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D.C. Circuit Rejects Laura Loomer’s First Amendment Lawsuit Against Tech Giants

The D.C. Circuit refused to revive a lawsuit filed by the conservative blogger Laura Loomer against Twitter, Facebook, Apple, and Google for allegedly conspiring to censor conservative views.

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Trump Signs Order Curtailing Protections for Social Media Companies

On May 28th, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that aims to roll back legal protections for social media platforms. His order was immediately met with withering criticism from First Amendment experts.

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Babson College Fires Professor For Joke He Made on Private Facebook Account

Asheen Phansey was fired on Thursday for a satirical Facebook post he made about President Donald Trump’s threat to bomb 52 sites “important to Iran & Iranian culture.”

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A Texas Appeals Court Approves Order Requiring a Defendant to Remove Someone Else’s Facebook Comments

While requests to remove threatening comments in defamation cases are not unheard of, this order stood out because it required the defendants to delete not only their own posts but also the comments made by third parties.

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Facebook Will Remove Misleading Posts About the U.S. Census, Including Political Ads

The new policy will ban “misleading information about when and how to participate in the census and the consequences of participating." Despite previous resistance to regulate them, the new policy will apply to advertisements bought by politicians.

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State Senator Sued for Allegedly Blocking a Constituent from Public Facebook Page

According to the lawsuit, Nelson blocked Church after he questioned the accuracy of one of the senator’s online posts. After a tense back and forth, Church claims that Nelson deleted his comments and told him to either “mind his manners or go someplace else to post [his] propaganda.” 

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Google Announces New Policy on Political Advertisements

On November 20th, Google announced that the company will restrict how precisely political ads can target users on its search engine and on YouTube. Political ads can still be delivered according to gender, age, and location, as well according to the content of the website users visit. However, the new policy states that ads can’t be directed to users based on the public voter record or their political affiliations.

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