If the State stops censoring my speech, but my previous speech is still censored, are they still censoring me?
Yes. And so, no, Feds, you’re not off the hook.
Some months ago Elon Musk took the “sensitive content” label off my new tweets.
Fed lawyers noticed this, and reached out to my First Amendment lawyer on our case and asked, “Is this true?”
For such cases, if the civil liberties violations stop, the case is deemed moot. It’s not about damages. It’s about stopping the violations. Ridiculous, but that’s how it works.
But, even if Twitter has stopped censoring me — and note that all I know is that their “sensitive content” label is not being put on new tweets, not whether any censorship remains, such as cordoning me off into my own groupthink, for example — all those tweets that were censored under their “sensitive” label are still under that label.
Almost two years of tweets.
Those tweets, when I retweet them or quote tweet them, still carry along with them their censor labels, which means not just that people see them along with the label, but that huge swaths of people cannot see the tweet at all, and all they see is an empty tweet with a label of “this is sensitive content; to see it you must change your settings etc.”, and many cannot even change their settings to modify that status, and many don’t want to, because it requires that they make their birth date public, and then are also open to seeing all the “real” sensitive content, like porn and gruesome stuff.
So, if they stopped censoring my new stuff, are they still engaged in censorship? Imagine those tens of thousands of tweets still under the “sensitive content” label were instead a regular old book that I had published. The State censors it. A couple years later the State then says that they won’t censor my next book. Fine. But that earlier book is still censored. And that means they’re still censoring me, because they’re still censoring my earlier book.
Those tweets are as much my speech as a book.
For contrast, if instead I were merely standing on a soap box for two years speaking, and the State blocks my voice, and then stops doing that, all that transient blocked speech isn’t there any longer and still blocked, and so their unblocking my speech in that case would rectify the issue.
That’s not what’s happening in this case. They can’t claim my speech has been uncensored if an entire book of mine is still censored just as it was when I was fully censored.
Our case is in the appeal stage. Find out more at FreeX.group.