“The First Amendment bars the government from deciding what is true or false for us, online or anywhere. Our government can’t use private pressure to get around our constitutional rights,” the ACLU tweeted from its official account.
The report also noted that “prior to the 2020 election, tech companies including Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Discord, Wikipedia, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Verizon Media met every month with the FBI, CISA, and other government representatives.”
Fighting government influence over the private sector’s determination of misinformation to censor fits the ACLU’s traditional purview. Still, the organization has been criticized in recent years for not living up to its ideal as a nonpartisan defender of Americans’ civil rights, especially free speech.