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Stop Censoring Social Media Platforms!

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Despite worries of censorship, Congress wants to require social media platforms to hand over data on users who share it with organizations like Graphika, Inc., as well as calling for the removal of such content from both large and alternate social media platforms.

Since few people actually create disinformation online, and there appears to be some suggestion that factual information has, at times, been mislabeled as disinformation: There exists a considerable concern that this will be used to, not only step-up censorship to new levels, but also compile massive lists of people who theoretically could be effectively 'blacklisted' online for doing nothing but expressing their Constitutionally enshrined rights to Free-Speech.

While private organizations don't have to follow the same Free-Speech requirements demanded by a government, when government is pressuring corporations to censor: It is essentially the government doing an end-run around the First Amendment, using corporations to do what they cannot do legally.

To make it worse, the Supreme Court is now dangerously lopsided in favor of the Republican Party, which has often showed a serious disregard for civil liberties so, even if this issue was to be challenged all the way to the Supreme Court, they might allow it.

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