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A federal case against Twitter?
Guess I may have to find out if I have one
Sent this to a lawyer who specializes in cases about the First Amendment and government overreach this morning:
Sorry to bother you out of the blue, but we talked years ago when I was a reporter for the NY Times. I don't know if you have heard of my work since last year raising questions about the usefulness of our anti-Covid measures and in the last few months the vaccine.
Whether or not you agree with my arguments, I would like to think I have the right to make them on supposedly politically neutral social media platforms that are now working openly with the federal government to advance support for state-chosen policies around Covid and vaccinations.
But in the last two weeks Twitter has banned me three times, supposedly for spreading "misinformation." It is not clear to me how Twitter defines misinformation - the data I provide is both true and accurate, and I provide primary source references for it.
I am currently under a weeklong Twitter ban for accurately reporting the results of Pfizer's pivotal clinical trial about its Covid vaccine. The legal scholar Jonathan Turley criticized Twitter for the ban over the weekend.
I believe that the next time I do something Twitter does not like, I will be banned from the platform entirely. Worse, because Twitter's rules are opaque, I have no way of knowing what is or is not likely to lead them to censor or expel me.
Although Twitter is a private company, its censorship of me has increased dramatically in the last month, since the Biden administration demanded that social media companies take action against people discouraging efforts to mandate or quasi-mandate vaccinations.
Before July, I was essentially allowed to write freely. In fact, I have an email from a Twitter executive in March saying that my "name has never come up" in regards to being someone who posted information Twitter considered false or problematic. I can only assume that Twitter is responding to this explicit federal pressure.
(Brandon was the head of communications for Twitter until June, when he left.)
Obviously, I cannot continue to post under these circumstances. I don’t really want to have to sue, as doing so will be a huge distraction from the work I am doing, but I am starting to feel like I don’t have a choice.
I am hoping a federal judge might be brave enough to step in and require Twitter to allow me to post factual and accurate information, or at the least to set clear rules for what content it will and will not censor.
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