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Elon Musk Pulls Out of Twitter Buyout Deal

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has declared his intention to pull out of his proposed $44 billion deal to take over the far-left social network Twitter, following months of back-and-forth between Musk and the company’s board.

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Twitter Blacklists Ad Promoting Minds.com Festival of Ideas

An advertisement posted to Twitter by the team behind Minds.com, a free speech-friendly social network, has been blackballed by the platform. Minds CEO Bill Ottman says that the ad was labeled “inappropriate,” adding, “this is what we expect from Twitter so it’s nothing new, it’s just a very funny and over-the-top case.”

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Project Veritas Leaks Elon Musk’s All-Hands Meeting with Twitter

James O’Keefe’s investigative journalism group Project Veritas has leaked a recording of Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s all-hands meeting with Twitter employees. Pressed by employees on free speech, Musk answered, “I think there’s also, there’s freedom of speech and freedom of reach, so I think people should be allowed to say…pretty outrageous things that are within the balance, the law, but, but then they don’t, you know, get amplified.”

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Barrett, Kavanaugh Temporarily Block Texas Anti-Censorship Law

The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily blocked Texas’ law against social media censorship from taking effect, with Trump-appointed Supreme Court justices Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh joining the majority to send the anti-censorship bill back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

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Ohio Court Rules Google May Be Designated a Common Carrier

A court in Ohio has ruled that a lawsuit from state Attorney General Dave Yost, which labels Google a common carrier subject to special regulations and litigation, can proceed, a significant development for Republicans seeking to hold tech companies accountable for bias and censorship.

Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome, speaks at Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, in San Francisco on 28 June 2012

Appeals Court Upholds Texas Law Fighting Big Tech Censorship

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a Big Tech umbrella group’s efforts to block House Bill 20, a law passed by the Republican-controlled State of Texas that prohibits political censorship by large social media platforms, in a major win for online freedom campaigners.

Texas Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott celebrates during his victory party on November 4, 2014 in Austin, Texas. Abbott defeated Democratic challenger Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Laura Loomer Files RICO Case Against Twitter and Facebook

Florida congressional candidate Laura Loomer, represented by former Congressman Bob Barr, has filed a RICO case against Twitter, alleging that tech companies engage in racketeering behavior when they blacklist prominent users and politicians from their platforms.

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Research: Conservatives Gained 17K Twitter Followers on Average After Musk Takeover, Leftists Lost 6K

According to a recent report, prominent conservative accounts on Twitter enjoyed an increase in followers following news of Elon Musk’s takeover of the platform, while prominent leftists suffered a decline in followers. According to research that looked at 100 prominent conservatives and leftists, conservatives gained an average of 17,229 followers after Musk’s takeover, while leftists lost an average of 6,062 followers.

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Free Speech Advocates Express Concern over Antitrust Bill Loophole

The Open App Marketplace Act, a major part of the Democrats’ antitrust push against Big Tech, is under fire from progressives and establishment pundits who argue that it will make it harder to censor “hate speech” and “disinformation.” But conservative free speech advocates argue the opposite — that the bill doesn’t do enough to safeguard free speech.

Sundar Pichai CEO of Google ( Carsten Koall /Getty)

Elon Wins: Twitter to Be Sold to Elon Musk

After a two-week battle against opposition from the platform’s board members, self-declared free speech absolutist Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX and currently the richest man in the world, has succeeded in his bid to buy Twitter.

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Bokhari: Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey, Free Speech Failure

Jack Dorsey has been talking a good game on the platform he co-founded recently, taking snipes at CNN’s Brian Stelter, criticizing the Twitter Board’s response to Elon Musk’s takeover attempt, and dropping hints that he actually, really, genuinely cared about free expression after all. It’s sad to see so many on the right taken in by it.

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Twitter Blacklists Juanita Broaddrick over Coronavirus Vaccine Tweet

Juanita Broaddrick, the former nursing administrator who accused former President Bill Clinton of rape, has been banned from Twitter after tweeting about the effectiveness of coronavirus vaccines. Although Elon Musk has made news by becoming Twitter’s largest shareholder, it is clear that censorship still runs amok on the platform.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump looks on as Juanita Broaddrick, who has accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual assault, speaks before the second presidential debate against democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)