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Appeals court dismisses lawsuit alleging Apple, others suppress political content

Added 05-27-20 10:11:01pm EST - “A right-wing affiliated nonprofit saw its legal play against four tech giants fail on Wednesday when a federal judge ruled the group failed to prove violation of its First Amendment rights.” - Appleinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Appleinsider.com: “Appeals court dismisses lawsuit alleging Apple, others suppress political content”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A right-wing affiliated nonprofit saw its legal play against four tech giants fail on Wednesday when a federal judge ruled the group failed to prove violation of its First Amendment rights.

U.S. District Court Judge Trevor N. McFadden in a ruling handed down in the U.S. appeals court in Washington, D.C., said Freedom Watch was unable to successfully argue that Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter suppressed conservative content on their respective platforms.

According to the dismissal, first reported by TechCrunch, McFadden found Freedom Watch unable to provide evidence on a claim stating Twitter and other companies act as "quasi-state actors" that "create[ ], operate, and control public platforms that are for public use and public benefit." The original lawsuit alleged owners of social media platforms are capable of regulating free speech, and do so at the peril of conservative voices.

Filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in 2018, the suit sought justice for "all politically conservative organizations" and individuals who have "experienced illegal suppression and/or censorship of their media."

Alleged actions taken by defendants supposedly resulted in financial loss and, more importantly, the unconstitutional suppression of free speech. Further, the companies allegedly work in concert with traditional media outlets to smear President Trump.

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