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New Jersey’s ANTI-SLAPP Law Gets Major Test in Englewood Cliffs

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Englewood Cliffs NJ, this story is about a lawyer who works for a New Jersey municipality Englewood Cliffs ,suing the newly elected mayor and his two council running mates who won the Nov 2023 election.

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2023 the Death of Internet Censorship

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Ridgewood NJ, the landscape of content moderation underwent significant changes in 2023, signaling the evolving dynamics of online platforms. Twitter, particularly under the influence of Elon Musk, broke content moderation norms, foreshadowing broader shifts in the industry. Major tech companies, including Meta Platforms Inc., Google, Amazon.com Inc., and Microsoft Corp., downsized their workforces amid economic challenges, impacting content moderation (Censorship) efforts. The trend toward utilizing artificial intelligence for moderation increased, with companies like Meta and Twitter embracing AI solutions.

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New Bipartisan Bill Protecting Against Lawsuits Designed to Suppress Free Speech

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Trenton NJ, Governor Phil Murphy today signed the ‘Uniform Public Expression Protection Act’ to protect people from meritless lawsuits intended to intimidate them for exercising their free speech rights. Powerful entities and individuals often use lawsuits and litigation threats to punish and silence those who might speak unfavorably about them. The bipartisan legislation will enable defendants to seek the expedited dismissal of such lawsuits, commonly referred to as ‘Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation’ (SLAPP), which have historically been used against journalists, academics, advocates, and whistleblowers – among others.

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Free Speech Wins: Federal Judge in Issues Broad Injunction Limiting Biden Administration’s Contact with Social-media Companies

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Ridgewood NJ, in a ruling handed down fittingly on the Fourth of July, a federal judge Terry Doughty  ordered a litany of Biden administration officials to stop encouraging social media companies to block or remove content they disliked.

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Sanity prevails – Ridgewood Village Council drops plan to ban signs from meetings

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Ridgewood NJ, Plans to enact a ban on the display of signs during public meetings of the Ridgewood Village Council are no longer in play. This was confirmed on Thursday night by Village Attorney Matthew Rogers.

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Commenting at the Ridgewood Village Council meetings via remote access – the bad news

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Ridgewood NJ, the bad news very simply is that our mayor controls who gets the opportunity to speak. If he sees a name on the queue list that he doesn’t like, he can bypass that individual. The public doesn’t get to see who is waiting in queue; only the mayor and his IT support employee can see the list. We suppose if you’re booted and complain, a mysterious technical difficulty will be offered up as an explanation.

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The Ridgewood Blog Loves Your Comments , but We Won’t Feed the Trolls

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Ridgewood NJ, While the Ridgewood blog thrives on “comments ” and at times comments have been criticized for being highly controversial in nature , but the exchange of information has had a net positive effect in the Village . The debate often centers around the balance between what is appropriate , politically correct and whats just too far .

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Twitter is rolling out a new gray ‘Official’ checkmark for governments, companies, and public figures

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Ridgewood NJ, Twitter is rolling out a new gray ‘Official’ checkmark for governments, companies, and public figures. The change will help users distinguish between Twitter Blue subscribers and accounts that are verified as official. The Official checkmark can’t be bought and only Twitter can determine who gets it. Anyone impersonating an official account without clearly identifying themselves as a parody will be permanently banned from the platform.

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Making Free Speech Great Again , Kanye West Buys Social Media App “Parler”

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Ridgewood NJ, Kanye West has agreed to buy Parler, a  social media app that brands itself as a “free speech”-focused substitute for other social media platforms. The purchase echoes similar moves made by former President Trump and Elon Musk to own social media apps and push back against what they consider overbearing moderation policies that silence conservatives.

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There’s a Free Speech Fight Brewing in New Jersey Over Censored YouTube Video

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River Vale NJ, Senator Holly Schepisiin a Facebook post said the following :

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Elon Musk Offers to Buy Twitter for $54.20 a Share

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Ridgewood NJ, Elon Musk offered to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share, saying the social media company needs to be transformed privately. Twitter shares jumped 12% in premarket trading after closing at $45.85 a share on Wednesday.

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72% Say ‘Cancel Culture’ Is Out of Control

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In the wake of controversy surrounding comedian Dave Chappelle, Americans overwhelming say “cancel culture” is out of control, and believe free speech should be protected against censorship.

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Technology companies try to contain a mounting backlash against their social media sites

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Ridgewood NJ, Twitter’s stock price tumbled Monday as investors appeared to balk at the social network’s decision to ban President Trump from posting. Technology companies tried to contain a mounting backlash against their social media sites, with shares of Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. falling in early trading and rival platform Parler forced offline by Amazon.com Inc.

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De-platformed , Where is Independent Thinker to go ? 

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Ridgewood NJ, de-platformed where is independent thinker to go ?  Gab, a popular social networking site amongst conservatives and free speech advocates on the internet, has claimed that it received 10,000 new user signups on an hourly basis ever since Twitter permanently suspended USA President Donald Trump’s account, Fox Business reports. The Ridgewood blog attempted to open an account on Sunday and there servers were on over load.

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Reader says, “Forums for digital congregation that daily display integrity and respect for First Amendment rights are sadly becoming rare in the United States”

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“Forums for digital congregation that daily display integrity and respect for First Amendment rights are sadly becoming rare in the United States. The ones that are still hanging in there, still remaining true to their founding principals, still swinging the bat in eager emulation of the pre-strikeout version of “Mighty Casey”, are doing so in the face of growing intolerance and thuggish intimidation.”

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