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Hundreds of Amazon employees plan to risk their jobs this week by violating company policy - Vox
Amazon's policies prohibit employees from speaking publicly about the company in any way (including criticizing it's climate practices) without permission. A few hundred employees are planning to protest together.
vox  via:vox  amazon  freespeech 
29 days ago by mcherm
Minnesota Appeals Court Nukes State's Broadly-Written Revenge Porn Law | Techdirt
Minnesota revenge porn law doesn't require that the person committing the crime be aware that the victim doesn't want it shared. Because of that, the court rules it violates the first amendment.
law  ethics  freespeech  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
7 weeks ago by mcherm
Cloudflare Transparency Report and an Update on a Warrant Canary
Cloudflare really impresses with their thoughtful consideration and communication about choices like deplatforming.
cloudflare  censorship  freespeech  via:Techdirt 
8 weeks ago by mcherm
Court Affirms Conviction for Making “Hand Gesture in the Form of a Gun” – Lowering the Bar
In a loss for free speech, he was convicted of generating a "hazardous or physically offensive condition" for making a finger gun.
law  via:LoweringTheBar  freespeech 
october 2019 by mcherm
Harvard Student Says He Was Barred From U.S. Over His Friends’ Social Media Posts - The New York Times
He says immigration denied his visa because he had friends on Facebook who had posted anti-American slogans although he had not posted forwarded or even "liked" those statements.
immigration  law  nytimes  via:reddit  DonaldTrump  freespeech 
august 2019 by mcherm
Banned behind bars: 20,000 books can't be read by Florida inmates
Some states, especially Florida, use unreasonable or baseless policies for banning books in prison.
prison  books  freespeech  law  via:reddit 
august 2019 by mcherm
Cloudflare is Terminating Service for 8Chan
I keep being impressed by Cloudflare's policies. This is no exception.
cloudflare  ethics  freespeech  via:reddit 
august 2019 by mcherm
New Assange Indictment Makes Insane, Unprecedented Use Of Espionage Act On Things Journalists Do All The Time | Techdirt
Astounding. I don't much like wikileaks or Assange, but claming it is a felony for a reporter to ask someone for information that might be classified (I THINK that's what it claims... mostly it's incoherent) is simply going too far.
law  journalism  techdirt  via:Techdirt  wikileaks  freespeech 
may 2019 by mcherm
How the Horrific 1918 Flu Spread Across America | History | Smithsonian
Part of the cause for not treating the 1918 flu well was that the government was punishing people for saying things that harmed morale. So people lied about the flu.
freespeech  via:HackerNews  smithsonian  history 
february 2019 by mcherm
RIP Culture War Thread | Slate Star Codex
Scott Alexander's post on how he was driven to remove the culture war thread.
censorship  freespeech  ScottAlexander  via:SlateStarCodex  SlateStarCodex 
february 2019 by mcherm
How Hacker News stays interesting
"HN moderators buried my post. It was wise curation, not censorship."
socialcomputing  HackerNews  censorship  freespeech  via:HackerNews 
january 2019 by mcherm
DNA scientist James Watson stripped of honors over views on race | World news | The Guardian
James Watson (who helped determine the structure of DNA and thus how it functioned) is being dropped (at age 90) by the lab where he was listed because of his statements that Africans are genetically inferior in IQ.
racism  freespeech  JamesWatson 
january 2019 by mcherm CEO Andrew Torba's personal account banned from Coinbase - btc
I post on free speech in a discussion of Coinbase actively participating in censorship (perhaps at the bequest of MasterCard or the US government).
mypostings  coinbase  censorship  freespeech  bitcoin 
january 2019 by mcherm
We Have a Right to Boycott Israel
Some in Congress are considering a bill making it illegal to boycott Israel.
law  freespeech  via:reddit  personal_net 
january 2019 by mcherm
'Fake News' Results In Real Jail Time For Ohio Woman | Techdirt
A judge in Ohio sentenced a woman for posting to Facebook a rumor about a pellet gun being found in a school, as he deemed it to be "inducing panic" (a violation of Ohio law).
freespeech  law  guns  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
december 2018 by mcherm
Patreon Bars Anti-Feminist for Racist Speech, Inciting Revolt - The New York Times
For me, interesting position to be in -- I'm a listener to the person leading this conservative exodus. I'm rarely on the conservative side (and not fully sure where I stand on this, partly as I lack details).
patreon  freespeech  politics  feminism  SamHarris  via:HackerNews  nytimes 
december 2018 by mcherm
Twitter suspended me for tweeting feminist academic research. Here’s why that’s a problem. – MIT Center for Civic Media
His account was suspended (apparently for a completely innocuous post) and eventually reinstated all with no meaningful explanation.
twitter  censorship  via:reddit  freespeech 
december 2018 by mcherm
Nike and Kaepernick polarization: don't be a puppet for the right or the left | LinkedIn
Examine polarizing statements before you share them -- they might not be true. Nasty things the Fraternal Order of Police are saying about Colin Kaepernick are not actually true.
ColinKaepernick  police  freespeech  fakenews  via:LinkedIn 
september 2018 by mcherm
N.J. Court Orders Google to Vanish Plaintiff's Photo -- Published at the Chicago Tribune -- From Search Results - Volokh Conspiracy :
The state court ordered Google (and probably the Chicago Tribune) to remove a photo without any opportunity to contest it. Not legally correct. Also, the person has apparently gotten 130 other publications to take down his information in his attempt to hide his history of activism.
censorship  freespeech  via:Techdirt  EugeneVolokh 
august 2018 by mcherm
The AskHistorians subreddit banned Holocaust deniers, and Facebook should too.
The moderators of /r/AskHistorians do not even permit questions related to holocaust denial because in their experience they are used to sew doubt and just being asked and discussed does harm. Interesting ethical position.
via:reddit  racism  freespeech  ethics 
july 2018 by mcherm
If an algorithm draws lines on a map, is that the same as land surveying? | Ars Technica
Their computer program reads boundary descriptions and draws them on a map. Mississippi is suing them for practicing surveying without a license.
law  freespeech  licensing  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
july 2018 by mcherm
High School Student's Speech About Campus Sexual Assault Gets Widespread Attention After School Cuts Her Mic | Techdirt
She goes "off script" to talk about sexual assault in her validictorian speech. They cut the mike. She continues anyway and it goes viral.
freespeech  via:Techdirt  techdirt  kids 
june 2018 by mcherm
Trump tried to make the Philadelphia Eagles a culture war - Vox
Trump blasts the Eagles for kneeling during the national anthem. But they didn't. What REALLY happened is that he was peeved that after he rescheduled their white house visit not every team member could make it.
DonaldTrump  freespeech  vox  via:vox  politics 
june 2018 by mcherm
Jets Owner Will Pay Fines If Players Protest During Anthem
Trump gets NFL to order fines for players who protest. One owner defies them.
politics  freespeech  via:reddit  upliftingnews 
may 2018 by mcherm
Trial Set To Start For Journalist Facing Decades In Prison For Covering Inauguration Day Protests | Techdirt
Journalist being prosecuted for "rioting" and "destruction of property", for having been present as a journalist and reporting on the events near a protest that turned violent.
journalism  freespeech  law  overprosecution  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
november 2017 by mcherm
Uncensored reddit
A site that shows Reddit but includes posts that were hidden or censored.
reddit  censorship  via:reddit  freespeech 
november 2017 by mcherm
You Can Be Teacher of the Year and Still Get Fired for Being Gay
Nationally recognized teacher of the year is ordered by his school district to remain closeted. Comes out to national press corps, and shortly thereafter is fired.
gayrights  freespeech  via:reddit  heros 
november 2017 by mcherm
FCC chair “refused” to rebuke Trump over threat to take NBC off the air | Ars Technica
Donald Trump said we should revoke the license of NBC because of the things they say about him. His appointee to the FCC has not yet criticized him in public over the statement.
DonaldTrump  politics  freespeech  personal_net  via:reddit 
october 2017 by mcherm
Airbnb Won’t Put a Roof Over the Heads of Nazis [Updated]
Airbnb is outright banning users it suspects may have been intending to attend an alt-right rally.
via:rachel  freespeech  airbnb  evil 
september 2017 by mcherm
Should Social Media Sites Be Forced To Pull Pastor Calling For War With North Korea? | Techdirt
A great example of why free speech is such a good policy. A policy requiring that terrorist videos be taken down would need to also censor this call to invade North Korea.
freespeech  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
august 2017 by mcherm
New Google algorithm restricts access to left-wing, progressive web sites | MR Online
Google is (partially) blocking socialist websites in the interest of avoiding extremist propaganda and "fake news".
google  censorship  freespeech  via:HackerNews 
august 2017 by mcherm
Drupal Confessions
An open letter from several leading community members asking that the BDFL of Drupal NOT kick someone out of the community simply for participating in BDSM/Gor privately.
socialcomputing  via:slashdot  freespeech 
april 2017 by mcherm
When ‘there is serious reason to doubt’ rumors and allegations, is it libelous to publish them? - The Washington Post
An interesting analysis of when reporters are allowed to publish information that might be defamatory. Publishing "X said Y about Z but it's probably false" is NOT necessarily a defense against defaming Z by saying Y.
law  freespeech  via:LoweringTheBar 
april 2017 by mcherm
Chancellor’s message on campus appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos | Berkeley News
An excellent message about REFUSING to censor controversial opinions on Berkley campus.
freespeech  censorship  via:popehat 
february 2017 by mcherm
Criticizing An Adverse Witness — Free Speech or "Retaliation"? | Popehat
Does federal law prohibit saying bad things about a witness in a trial, even if those bad things are opinions or true? Maybe.
law  freespeech  via:popehat 
january 2017 by mcherm
judicial reform activists jailed for releasing information from public court documents
This was an incorrect ruling, tainted by the appearance of bias from the judge due to political activism.
law  via:reddit  freespeech 
october 2016 by mcherm
When Librarians Are Silenced by Francine Prose | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
A talk given at the library was allowed to bring off-duty police to work security because of recent murders, so long as they respected the public's right to speak. A speaker and a librarian were attacked and dragged off by the police and are being prosecuted.
library  freespeech  policeabuse  police  via:HackerNews 
october 2016 by mcherm
Police Claim They Arrested Man Who Burnt American Flag Because Of Threats He Received | Techdirt
He burned a flag so he was arrested for flag burning (unconstitutional law) and disorderly conduct (on the grounds that other people became disorderly by making threats against him).
techdirt  via:Techdirt  freespeech  rights  law 
july 2016 by mcherm
Court Says Free Speech Rights For Prisoners Not 'Clearly Established,' Gives Pass To Retaliatory Actions By Officials | Techdirt
Court says prisoners can be punished for what they say - nobody ever said that the first amendment applies to prisoners, so they can be punished (based on rules that were WITHDRAWN due to being ruled unconstitutional).
freespeech  prison  techdirt  via:Techdirt  law 
june 2016 by mcherm
Another Day, Another Horrible Ruling That Undermines The First Amendment And Section 230 | Techdirt
Ruling in California court says an internet provider can be forced to take down content by suing someone else.
law  freespeech  censorship  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
june 2016 by mcherm
NC Supreme Court upholds sheriff's firing of deputies who didn't donate - State / Region - WS Journal
In North Carolina, a Sheriff's deputy or prison guard can be fired for not donating enough to the sheriff's re-election campaign.
via:reddit  personal_net  law  freespeech 
january 2016 by mcherm
Randazza - The Senate Passes Gag Clause Act | Popehat
New US law says that a "form contract" can't require that you don't say bad things about the other guy.
law  contractlaw  freespeech  via:popehat 
december 2015 by mcherm
The First Amendment is not a free pass to harass | Popehat
Some examples of restrictions on free speech that Marc Randazza of Popehat actually supports. Harassing the students at a school in hopes of recruiting the parents of the school to help ban Planned Parenthood from the neighborhood.
via:popehat  freespeech  MarcRandazza 
december 2015 by mcherm
The Man in the High Castle in Albany and The First Amendment | Popehat
The governor of NJ should not be ordering that posters of a counter-factual USA where the Germans and Japanese won WWII be taken down.
censorship  via:popehat  freespeech 
december 2015 by mcherm
Freshman kicked out of school for posting false-alarm threat on Yik Yak | Ars Technica
He posted "I heard about a threat" to YikYak. He turned himself in and was NOT prosecuted, but WAS kicked out of school.
law  freespeech  socialcomputing  via:ArsTechnica 
september 2015 by mcherm
Lawsplainer: How Did the Fifth Circuit Narrow Student Free Speech Rights? | Popehat
In Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, schools can punish statements made by students outside the school, under restrictions so vague as to provide no genuine restrictions.
kidsrights  freespeech  law 
september 2015 by mcherm
The Website that got Me Expelled | The Code Word
In the early days of the internet, he posted "teacher review cards" to a website and got expelled for it.
kidsrights  freespeech  via:HackerNews 
september 2015 by mcherm
The Timothy Hunt Witch Hunt
Widely attacked for stating women shouldn't be scientists, this nobel-winning scientist and supporter of women in science was the victim of twitter mobs and bad journalism.
journalism  via:reddit  freespeech 
august 2015 by mcherm
Freedom On The Centralized Web | Slate Star Codex
Free speech means the government doesn't suppress speech, but big internet companies do. This is dangerous because it's an oligopoly, protected by network effects, and protected because anyone starting a new one gets swamped with trolls and undesirables and thus can't build a good community to compete.
socialcomputing  freespeech  via:SlateStarCodex 
august 2015 by mcherm
Christie Blatchford: Ruling in Twitter harassment trial could have enormous fallout for free speech
Canada: man is being prosecuted for harassment online based on the victim feeling threatened.
freespeech  law  via:reddit 
july 2015 by mcherm
How Government Stifled Reason's Free Speech - Hit & Run :, was given a subpoena and then a gag order forbidding them from discussing the existence of the subpoena (or the gag order). This is not a fair way to run a legal system.
secrecy  law  overprosecution  via:popehat  anonymity  freespeech 
july 2015 by mcherm
Wyoming Makes Reporting Environmental Disasters Illegal | Techdirt
There is a new fad in laws that prevent people from collecting information (because then they might call out wrongdoers). The new law in Wyoming would (if anyone bothered to enforce it non-selectively) criminalize taking pictures at Yellowstone.
techdirt  via:Techdirt  secrecy  law  freespeech 
may 2015 by mcherm
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