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10 Things for Elon Musk to Do at Twitter

May 9, 2022  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

If Mr. Musk is serious about making the social-media behemoth a force for free speech, here are 10 things he can do:

The Disinformation Panic

May 3, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Hearst and his rival, Joseph Pulitzer, sensationalized, exaggerated, and outright lied to millions of Americans daily in the lead up to the Spanish-American War, ...

When They Attack ‘Dark Money,’ They’re Really Attacking Free Speech

March 25, 2022  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , , , ,

By adopting Democrats' strategy of attacking so-called dark money groups at this week's confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, Republican senators are fueling ...

Exposing Donations to Political Causes Can Chill Free Speech

February 28, 2022  •  By Scott Blackburn   •  , , , ,

Americans should take two lessons from these unfortunate events. First: The right to support causes privately and keep our associations to ourselves is important ...

LTE: Who Knew I Was Friends With Bull Connor?

January 23, 2022  •  By David Keating   •  , , , ,

Much of the Freedom to Vote Act has nothing to do with voting. Nearly 200 pages of it propose an unprecedented assault on free ...

Ted Cruz vs. Frankenstein’s Monster

January 18, 2022  •  By Brad Smith   •  , ,

When the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of major portions of the Federal Election Campaign Act in Buckley v. Valeo (1976), it launched what is now ...

Facebook strikes a blow against free speech

January 17, 2022  •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  ,

Beginning Jan. 19, Facebook will no longer allow advertisers to identify users based on their interactions with content related to "health, race or ethnicity, ...

Democrats Propose a Federal Speech Czar

October 20, 2021  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

Deep inside the Democrats’ latest “compromise” proposal on elections and campaign finance is a new cup of poison for free speech and fair campaigns. Of course, the sponsors ...

The Freedom to Vote Act is remarkably anti-voter

October 19, 2021  •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  , , ,

Yet, the so-called Freedom to Vote Act, which is expected to receive a vote in the Senate this week, would restrict our right to ...

LTE: Revised H.R.1 Has a Plan for a Government Speech Czar

October 4, 2021  •  By David Keating   •  ,

The new Democratic voting- and speech-regulation bill dropped the idea of switching “the Federal Election Commission to an odd number of seats.” Unfortunately, it ...

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California Group Sues San Francisco Over 32-Second Ad Disclaimer

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May 11, 2022  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Want to advertise to San Francisco voters? Before starting your message, the city could force you to spend over 30 seconds reciting publicly available ...

New Study: Majority of States Lack Basic Free Speech Protections Against Frivolous Lawsuits

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February 28, 2022  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Most states do a poor job of protecting their citizens from frivolous lawsuits intended to stifle free speech, according to a new study released today by ...

Lawsuit: Missouri School Board Violates First Amendment Rights of Critics

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February 14, 2022  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Concerned parents and community members in St. Charles County, Missouri, formed Francis Howell Families (FHF) to advocate for transparency and accountability in their local ...

Lawsuit Says Colorado’s Campaign Contribution Limits Violate First Amendment

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January 31, 2022  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The nation’s most restrictive limit on donations to legislative candidates just landed in federal court. In a lawsuit filed late Friday, two Colorado candidates and a ...

Lawsuit Aims to Restore Nonprofits’ Freedom to Speak About Candidates

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December 3, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

A Wisconsin nonprofit filed a federal lawsuit yesterday that aims to stop a massive expansion of the Federal Election Commission’s donor disclosure mandates for nonprofit groups ...

Court Orders Pennsylvania School Board to Allow Critics to Speak

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November 17, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a Pennsylvania school board to allow parents and community members to criticize school policies and officials by name at public meetings. The court cited abundant evidence in ...

Victory: Blue State Refugees Rally to Proceed in South Dakota

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November 8, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Noem administration agreed on Friday to grant a permit to the Blue State Refugees to rally on the Capitol grounds during a special ...

Lawsuit: Ban on “Personally Directed” Criticism of School Board Members Violates the First Amendment

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November 5, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

When Brevard Public Schools adopted policies that many parents disagreed with, the Brevard Moms for Liberty did what any group of Americans would do. ...

Lawsuit: How the Governor Stole Protest Rights

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November 4, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Christmas festivities at the South Dakota Capitol this winter will include two full months of silent nights – and silent days. The state has ...

Statement on Senate Vote Defeating S. 2747

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October 20, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech released the following statement in response to today’s vote in the Senate turning aside S. 2747, also known as the ...

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Daily Media Links 5/27

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May 27, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Ed. note: The Daily Media Update will return Tuesday, May 31. In the News Courthouse News: Judge likely to reject bid to block San Francisco ...

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May 26, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

The Courts Reuters: Univ. of Houston’s anti-discrimination policy chills free speech – judge By Nate Raymond A federal judge has blocked the University of Houston ...

Daily Media Links 5/25

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May 25, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech IFS Welcomes Dustin Hartuv, Bradley Summer Associate Fellow for 2022 The Institute for Free Speech is delighted ...

Daily Media Links 5/24

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May 24, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

The Courts Washington Post: 11th Circuit blocks major provisions of Florida’s social media law By Cat Zakrzewski The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th ...

Daily Media Links 5/23

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May 23, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

The Courts Bloomberg Law: NLRB’s ‘Salt Mine’ Tweet Decision Overturned by 3rd Cir. By Robert Iafolla The NLRB was wrong to rule that the publisher of ...

Daily Media Links 5/20

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May 20, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

The Courts RealClearPolicy: A Chink in Big Tech’s Armor By Adam Candeub and Rachel Bovard Late last week, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals proved a ...

Daily Media Links 5/19

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May 19, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech Updates to the Anti-SLAPP Report Card This blog post provides information on states that have either enacted ...

Daily Media Links 5/18

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May 18, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News RNLA: SCOTUS Rules In Favor Of Cruz In Campaign Finance Case In a brief supporting Cruz’s position, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell argued: “The ...

Daily Media Links 5/17

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May 17, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech Money’s Not Enough: The Stories Behind 2020 U.S. House Primary Money-Upsets By Nathan Maxwell As the 2022 ...

Daily Media Links 5/16

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May 16, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

The Courts Politico: Tech groups ask Justice Alito to stay Texas social media law By Rebecca Kern and Brendan Bordelon Two technology trade associations are petitioning Supreme ...