Freedom Of Speech In Jeopardy: House Subcommittee On The Weaponization Of The Federal Government Holds Twitter Files Hearing
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Americans need to be aware of this hearing for Freedom of Speech (First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution), the foundation of our democracy, may be in jeopardy.
The House Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government Suppression on Twitter holds a hearing on the Twitter Files featuring journalists Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger, in the video published on March 9, 2023, by Forbes Breaking News, as “Jim Jordan Leads Hearing Targeting Govt Suppression Of Free Speech On Twitter Feat. Matt Taibbi“, below:
The House Judiciary Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government holds a hearing on the ‘Twitter Files.’ Witnesses include journalist Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger, co-founder of the Breakthrough Institute and the California Peace Coalition, in the video published on March 9, 2023, by NowThis News, as “House Select Subcommittee on Weaponization of Federal Government Holds Hearing“, below:
| Hearing on the Weaponization of the Federal Government | Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government | EVENT ID 115442|, in the video published on March 9, 2023, by House Committee on the Judiciary, as “Hearing on the Weaponization of the Federal Government“, below:
To see the Hearing #1 of this House Judiciary Committee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government back in February, in the video published on Feb 14, 2023, by House Committee on the Judiciary, as “Ranking Member Stacey Plaskett delivers opening statement“, below:
For some refresher on Freedom of Speech in the United States, please refer to the excerpt from wikipedia, in italics, below:
In the United States, freedom of speech and expression is strongly protected from government restrictions by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, many state constitutions, and state and federal laws. Freedom of speech, also called free speech, means the free and public expression of opinions without censorship, interference and restraint by the government. The term “freedom of speech” embedded in the First Amendment encompasses the decision what to say as well as what not to say. The Supreme Court of the United States has recognized several categories of speech that are given lesser or no protection by the First Amendment and has recognized that governments may enact reasonable time, place, or manner restrictions on speech. The First Amendment’s constitutional right of free speech, which is applicable to state and local governments under the incorporation doctrine, prevents only government restrictions on speech, not restrictions imposed by private individuals or businesses unless they are acting on behalf of the government. However, It can be restricted by time, place and manner in limited circumstances. Some laws may restrict the ability of private businesses and individuals from restricting the speech of others, such as employment laws that restrict employers’ ability to prevent employees from disclosing their salary to coworkers or attempting to organize a labor union.
The First Amendment’s freedom of speech right not only proscribes most government restrictions on the content of speech and ability to speak, but also protects the right to receive information,  prohibits most government restrictions or burdens that discriminate between speakers, restricts the tort liability of individuals for certain speech, and prevents the government from requiring individuals and corporations to speak or finance certain types of speech with which they do not agree.
Categories of speech that are given lesser or no protection by the First Amendment include obscenity (as determined by the Miller test), fraud, child pornography, speech integral to illegal conduct, speech that incites imminent lawless action, and regulation of commercial speech such as advertising. Within these limited areas, other limitations on free speech balance rights to free speech and other rights, such as rights for authors over their works (copyright), protection from imminent or potential violence against particular persons, restrictions on the use of untruths to harm others (slander and libel), and communications while a person is in prison. When a speech restriction is challenged in court, it is presumed invalid and the government bears the burden of convincing the court that the restriction is constitutional.
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