Freedom of speech

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2017, file photo, an emergency employee helps an injured person after a neo-Nazi drove his car into a group of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. A group of plaintiffs has filed a lawsuit alleging that individuals who planned the rally conspired to infringe on their civil rights. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
November 14, 2019 - 3:41 pm
The white nationalist rally that took a deadly turn in Charlottesville, Virginia, during the summer of 2017 shocked Americans with its front-row view of hatred on the rise. But weeks before the violence, organizers were making preparations for the gathering in a corner of the internet. Using a...
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In this Oct. 15, 2019, photo, Donald Trump Jr. speaks to supporters of his father, President Donald Trump, during a panel discussion in San Antonio. Trump Jr.'s appearance Sunday, Nov. 10, at the University of California, Los Angeles, to talk about his new book on liberals and free speech was marked by an argument between him and the audience over why he would not take questions, the Guardian newspaper reported. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
November 11, 2019 - 1:13 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Trump Jr.'s appearance Sunday at a university to talk about his new book on liberals and free speech was marked by an argument between him and the audience over why he would not take questions, the Guardian newspaper reported . Members of the audience of about 450 people...
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This screen grab from the website deny.smartpb.net and provided by Censored Planet, a lab at the University of Michigan, shows the website is blocked in Russia. A study by University of Michigan researchers shows Russia is succeeding in imposing a highly effective internet censorship regime across thousands of disparate, privately owned providers in an effort also aimed at making government snooping pervasive. The website address “deny.smartpb.net” translated to English states, “We apologize, but this resource is blocked by decision of state authorities.” The provider includes an ad for wireless television and 30-days free as a gift. (Censored Planet via AP)
November 06, 2019 - 6:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia is succeeding in imposing a highly effective internet censorship regime across thousands of disparate, privately owned providers in an effort also aimed at making government snooping pervasive, according to a study released Wednesday. The study by University of Michigan...
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks during the House Oversight subcommittee hearing on deportation of critically ill children at Capitol Hill in Washington, on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
November 04, 2019 - 12:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Monday she is sorry for blocking a former Brooklyn elected official from her Twitter account after he was critical of her. In a statement, the Democrat said she had reconsidered her decision, as part of the settlement of a federal lawsuit that Dov...
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FILE - In this Monday, July 15, 2019 file photo, a state districts map is shown as a three-judge panel of the Wake County Superior Court presides over the trial of Common Cause, et al. v. Lewis, et al, in Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina has often been cited as an example of political gerrymandering. Now court rulings against its legislative and congressional districts also could become an example for other states. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
November 02, 2019 - 3:05 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When the U.S. Supreme Court this year declared federal judges had no business deciding cases about political gerrymandering, it also said state courts had every right to address the issue — and have they ever in North Carolina. Within four months, state judges hearing two...
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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2018, file photo Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in Washington. "While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives of millions," Dorsey said Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in a series of tweets announcing Twitters new policy of banning all political advertising from its service. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
October 30, 2019 - 5:59 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter, reacting to growing concern about misinformation spread on social media, is banning all political advertising from its service. Its move sets it apart from Facebook, which continues to defend running paid political ads, even false ones, as a free speech priority. "...
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FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2018, file photo the icons of Facebook and WhatsApp are pictured on an iPhone in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Facebook has sued the Israeli hacker-for-hire company NSO Group for allegedly targeting some 1,400 users of its encrypted messaging service WhatsApp with highly sophisticated spyware. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
October 29, 2019 - 6:45 pm
Facebook sued the Israeli hacker-for-hire company NSO Group on Tuesday in U.S. federal court for allegedly targeting some 1,400 users of its encrypted messaging service WhatsApp with highly sophisticated spyware. The lawsuit filed in San Francisco is the first legal action of its kind, according to...
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FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo, a visitor looks out toward the U.S. Capitol from the Washington Monument's observation level in Washington. The National Park Service has withdrawn a proposal that critics complained was designed to stifle protests near the White House and on the National Mall. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
October 28, 2019 - 6:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service has withdrawn a proposal that critics complained was designed to stifle protests near the White House and on the National Mall. The Park Service said in a statement Monday that it received more than 140,000 comments on its proposed changes, which included...
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FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo, Rep. John Walker, D-Little Rock, speaks at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Walker, an Arkansas lawmaker and civil rights attorney who represented black students in a long-running court fight over the desegregation of Little Rock area schools, died Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. He was 82. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston File)
October 28, 2019 - 5:49 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — John Walker, an Arkansas lawmaker and civil rights attorney who represented black students in a long-running court fight over the desegregation of Little Rock area schools, has died. He was 82. The Pulaski County coroner said Walker died at his Little Rock home Monday...
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October 28, 2019 - 3:46 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston College student who had "complete and total control" over her boyfriend has been indicted on an involuntary manslaughter charge for encouraging him to take his own life, Boston's top prosecutor said Monday. Inyoung You, 21, was "physically, verbally and psychologically...
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