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Big Tech’s court wins risk a big backlash against Section 230

August 8, 2022  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

Within these victories, however, lie the seeds of disaster for the platforms — the possible repeal, or substantial alteration, of Section 230 of the ...

To prevent political violence, support for nonprofit groups should stay private

August 4, 2022  •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  , ,

For the latest demonstration of why people deserve a right to privacy when supporting nonprofit advocacy groups, look no further than the controversy surrounding ...

To Protect Free Speech, Social Media Platforms Must Stop their Overreach

August 3, 2022  •  By David Keating   •  ,

Assaults on the culture of free speech grow by the day. Unfortunately, much of the assault is coming from the major social media platforms. 

Sheldon Whitehouse’s DISCLOSE Act would not have prevented Jan. 6

June 27, 2022  •  By Eric Wang   •  , , , ,

This reflects either a remarkable ignorance of or a flat-out disregard for what those existing laws regulate. This is also why the DISCLOSE Act ...

Brian Benjamin case shows that small-donor matching systems incentivize fraud

June 20, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

The U.S. Department of Justice claims ex-Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin went to criminal lengths to get his hands on a big pot of “matching” ...

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 ...

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University of Oregon DEI Officer Sued for Blocking Critic on Twitter

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August 12, 2022  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

A local university professor filed a federal lawsuit on August 11 against an officer in the University of Oregon’s Division of Equity and Inclusion for blocking him from ...

New Index Grades States on Freedom to Speak About Government

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August 8, 2022  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Washington, DC – The Institute for Free Speech released a first-of-its-kind report today grading the freedom of citizens and advocacy groups in each state to ...

Forsyth County Schools Sued for Censorship at Board Meetings

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July 26, 2022  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

On July 25, two parents and the Mama Bears of Forsyth County filed a federal lawsuit against the Forsyth County Board of Education for violating their constitutional ...

David Keating to Testify to Senate Rules on the Dangers of the DISCLOSE Act

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July 19, 2022  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Institute for Free Speech President David Keating will testify before the Senate Rules Committee at 3 PM on July 19 concerning threats to free political speech ...

Pennsylvania School Board Agrees to $300K Settlement in Lawsuit for Censoring Critics

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July 15, 2022  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Philadelphia, PA – Last May, a solicitor for the Pennsbury School Board shouted down and censored critics of a new district policy during public comment ...

Model Act Protecting Speakers from Meritless Lawsuits Gains Momentum

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June 23, 2022  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

In an open letter to the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) released today, 27 nonprofit organizations and trade associations from across the political spectrum endorsed ...

Victory: Missouri School District Agrees to Stop Censoring Parents Group and Pay $70K in Attorney’s Fees

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June 14, 2022  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Residents of St. Charles County, Missouri, are now free to cite political organizations and websites at school board meetings, following the conclusion of a ...

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 ...

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Daily Media Links 7/29

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July 29, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

We’re Hiring! Senior Attorney – Institute for Free Speech – Washington, DC or Virtual Office The Institute for Free Speech is hiring a Senior Attorney with ...

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July 28, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Washington Times: Lawsuit accuses Georgia school board of censoring moms at meetings By Sean Salai Two mothers have sued a Georgia school board ...

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July 27, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech Forsyth County Schools Sued for Censorship at Board Meetings Concerned parents in Forsyth County want school officials ...

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July 26, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Congress People United for Privacy: PUFP Letter in Response to the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration’s July 19 hearing on “The DISCLOSE Act” ...

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July 25, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

The Courts Washington Free Beacon: Court Overrules School District That Banned Father Who Exposed Obscene Library Books By Elizabeth Troutman A federal judge on Wednesday ...

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July 22, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Epoch Times: Every Senate Dem but Sinema Backs Bill to Compromise First Amendment Freedom of Speech By Mark Tapscott First introduced in ...

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July 21, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsbury settles free speech lawsuit. What it could mean to other districts By Peg Quann The impact of ...

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July 20, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Insider: Ted Cruz: Democrats used to support free speech, but ‘unfortunately, that time has long since passed’ By Hanna Kang David Keating, ...

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July 19, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

We’re Hiring! Senior Attorney – Institute for Free Speech – Washington, DC or Virtual Office The Institute for Free Speech is hiring a Senior Attorney with ...

Daily Media Links 7/18

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July 18, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Philadelphia Inquirer: The Pennsbury School District will pay $300,000 to settle lawsuit over four men’s curtailed public comments By Maddie Hanna The ...