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ADF urges US Supreme Court to protect free speech on social media

Friday, Aug 25, 2023

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel and Vice President of Appellate Advocacy John Bursch regarding a friend-of-the-court brief filed Friday by Holtzman Vogel PLLC on ADF’s behalf that urges the U.S. Supreme Court to take O’Handley v. Weber, a case in which California instructed Twitter to punish an American citizen for sharing political speech on the social media platform that government officials disfavored:

“Government officials can’t tell a social media company to punish an American citizen simply because they disagree with his political viewpoints. The First Amendment protects every person’s right to share his beliefs on Twitter, or any other public space, free from government censorship. We urge the Supreme Court to take this case, reverse the 9th Circuit’s ruling, and reaffirm the commonsense precedent set by Bantam Books v. Sullivan in the context of government officials who censor their constituents through social media platforms so that this utterly unamerican practice stops.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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