Look at who is suing Facebook on behalf of RFK Jr.’s Cult of Death outfit to try to coerce Facebook to publish his crackpot anti-vaxx misinformation:
In a lawsuit claiming Facebook conspired with the federal government to squelch an anti-vaccine group’s speech, a federal judge on Wednesday questioned whether the state can work with private companies to combat misinformation without violating the First Amendment.
Senior U.S. District Judge Susan Illston oversees a lawsuit brought by Children’s Health Defense (CHD), a Georgia nonprofit founded by vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The group publishes information about supposed harms associated with vaccines and 5G wireless networks, which critics have denounced as conspiracy theories and misinformation.
In January 2019, Facebook started slapping warning labels on content posted on CHD’s Facebook page, including in September that year when the social media giant posted a message directing users to seek “reliable, up-to-date information” about vaccines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Facebook also started labeling some of CHD’s content as “false information” based on research by third-party fact checkers, including a link to an article claiming vaccinated children “are more likely to have adverse health outcomes” in May 2020.
CHD sued Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg this past August seeking at least $5 million in damages over the social network’s censoring practices and decision to disable a “donate” button on CHD’s Facebook page, which it says hobbled the group’s ability to raise money through the platform.
“State action must be found whenever government officials are coercing, inducing or encouraging private parties to do what they themselves cannot constitutionally do,” CHD attorney Jed Rubenfeld said.
Conflating “coercing” and “encouraging” is real bullshit artistry.
Anyway, maybe Meritocracy Chua-Rubenfeld is angling for a job with Tucker Carlson or something.
…as keta says in comments, also worth highlighting this. He’s not just saying that Facebook is required to publish anti-vaxx bullshit based on “principle,” he’s claiming the anti-vaxx bullshit is accurate:
Rubenfeld replied by insisting the information his client has posted about vaccines is true, but even if the speech was false, “it would still be constitutionally protected.”