Moderator Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press, was joined on stage by Jameel Jaffer, executive director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University; Floyd Abrams, senior counsel at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP; and Lyrissa Lidsky, professor at University of Florida Levin College of Law.
We asked five legal scholars — Samantha Barbas, Martin Garbus, Lyrissa Lidsky, Timothy Zick and Sandra Baron — to give their thoughts on Dominion Voting Systems' defamation lawsuit against Fox following the recent settlement reached in the case.
First Amendment lawyer Lyrissa Lidsky weighs in on a recently upheld social media censorship law in Texas that would bar platforms with more than 50 million users from removing content with political viewpoints. A different circuit court in Florida filed a preliminary injunction against a similar law. Since both federal appeals courts disagreed, only the Supreme Court can decide if the platforms have a First Amendment right to censor, or if they don’t.