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Supreme Court rejects Candace Owens' 'fact check' lawsuit over COVID-19 claims

Added 10-03-22 04:03:02pm EST - “The Supreme Court announced Monday it would not hear a challenge brought by conservative commentator Candace Owens over her complaints against "fact checkers" on Facebook and her opinion about the COVID-19 death count.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Supreme Court rejects Candace Owens’ ‘fact check’ lawsuit over COVID-19 claims”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Supreme Court announced Monday it would not hear a challenge brought by conservative commentator Candace Owens over her complaints against “fact checkers” on Facebook and her opinion about the COVID-19 death count.

Ms. Owens uses Facebook as a platform for her career as a political commentator. She sued Lead Stories and USA Today, who work with Facebook as “fact-checkers” and have the ability to cancel or suspend certain pages and posts.

The fact checkers labeled Ms. Owens’ posts as “false” and a “hoax” when she commented on the government’s COVID-19 death count, suggesting the deaths were over-counted because of tabulation methods she criticized.

She claims the fact-checkers interfered with her business and ran afoul of her free-speech rights for suppressing her posts.

“Her comments were thoughtful, researched, political, public, and certainly controversial: in short, they lie at the very heart of the protections of the First Amendment, addressing perhaps the most important public issue at the time,” her lawyers argued in court papers.

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