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Prager University Lawsuit Aims To Use Google’s Words Against Them

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Prager University’s lawsuit against Google and YouTube uses their own statements to allege that the Big Tech Giant either used false to deceive its users, or violated the First Amendment by censoring American citizens in a public forum.

Prager University famously launched its lawsuit against Google and YouTube in 2017, after several of Prager’s videos were removed or placed in a “limited state”, a decision many believe was made because the conservative videos were critical of Islam.

In the latest court documents, Prager University cites an exchange between Texas Senator Ted Cruz and YouTube’s Global Head of Public Policy and Government Relations, Juniper Downs, from January of 2018.

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In Congress, Cruz asked representatives from Facebook, Google, and Twitter whether they considered their platforms to be “public forums”, and while those representing Facebook and Twitter deftly handled the question while refusing to specifically refer to the platforms as public forums, Downs affirmed that Google and YouTube are a public forum, and specifically told Cruz he was was “correct” in his understanding of what this means.

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The lawsuit uses this exchange to question whether Google is engaging in “state action” by censoring political speech on YouTube. If so, the private company would likely be in violation of the First Amendment, as restriction of speech and interpretation of the First Amendment are privileges left exclusively to the federal government.

While many critics believe Google and the other Big Tech Giants should be immune from censorship criticisms as private businesses, the legal team behind Prager University used Google’s own words and claims to create an image of a company stifling the First Amendment.

If this were not enough, the lawsuit also alleges that if Google and YouTube are not a public forum, then the company must be engaged in false advertising, as it lured in content creators with promises of neutrality:

Appellant has also alleged facts that Appellees are engaged in false advertising by inducing the public audience to use YouTube based on false promises of content neutrality and by falsely branding Appellant’s speech as offensive and inappropriate. Appellees unlawfully restrict and falsely brand Appellant’s speech based on animus and discriminatory reasons and for the purely anti-competitive purpose of boosting the audience reach and profitability of Appellees’ own content on YouTube at the expense of Appellant.

The lawsuit continues to paint a poor picture of YouTube, stating that the platform’s only defense against accusations of violating the First Amendment is that their former statements pledging to be a neutral public forum “simply do not matter because YouTube is both privately owned and too big to be held accountable under the First Amendment.”

Should the case proceed to oral arguments, Google and Prager University will find themselves before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Fairfield University Will Force Students to Take Mandatory COVID-19 Tests in Order to Attend Class

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Fairfield University has announced its plans to be operational for the fall semester amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, tossing the privacy rights of students completely to the wayside.

“As Fairfield University plans to Bring its Stags Home for the fall 2020 semester, a safe return to campus life is our most important priority. We want to make sure our community members have all the information they need to maintain the vibrancy of our campus life but do so as safely as possible,” Fairfield University wrote in an email to their student body.

The university plans to force students to report their health data and submit it into an invasive cell phone app, monitor themselves for any close contact with individuals who have the virus, wear masks at all times while attending class, and subject themselves to mandatory COVID-19 testing to be allowed on campus.

Journalist Alex Berenson noted Fairfield’s proposed plans in a Twitter post, highlighting the absurdity and apparent illegality of the scheme:

Berenson has drawn attention to how the COVID-19 pandemic is adversely impacting children, who are losing educational opportunities and having their rights systemically violated because of mass hysteria.

Big League Politics has reported on the growing mass exodus from public schools that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic:

A recent poll of over twenty one hundred voters is showing that the future of public schools could be in great jeopardy when communities and states come out of lockdowns across the nation.

A survey of 2,122 registered voters by RealClear Opinion Research shows that support for educational choice is very strong, and that a plurality of parents are more likely to pursue homeschooling opportunities after COVID-19 lockdowns end.

The polling results show that 40% of families are more likely to homeschool or virtual school after lockdowns, and that 64% support school choice.

John Schilling who serves as the president of the American Federation for Children had this to say about the stunning results of the survey:

“Every single family with kids in school has been incredibly disrupted by the lockdowns. With fifty five million students no longer in their normal educational setting, families are clearly considering new options and many are seeing the benefits of homeschooling and virtual schooling. This is the time for leadership and for desperately needed bold reforms to be implemented across our K-12 education system.”

Homeschooling may be the only way for parents to protect their children from the Big Brother “solutions” to the COVID-19 pandemic in the classroom.

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