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Giffords Law Center Urges Supreme Court to Recognize Online Hate Speech and Violence

Giffords Law Center files amicus brief in Gonzales v. Google before the Supreme Court

Washington DC — Today, Giffords Law Center, the legal arm of the gun violence prevention organization led by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, filed an amicus brief before the Supreme Court in Gonzales v. Google, urging the Court to recognize the role that online hate speech has in contributing to real-world gun violence. The amicus brief can be found here.

Esther Sanchez-Gomes, Litigation Director, Giffords Law Center:

“Rising hate speech online is leading to real-world gun violence. We saw a tragic example of this in the racist, hate-motivated mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, earlier this year. While social media companies have taken some steps to address this growing threat, more must be done. Social media companies have an obligation to both preserve the internet as a true marketplace of ideas and protect the speech—and lives—of those who would be targets of real-world, hate-motivated gun violence. The Supreme Court should interpret Section 230 with this role in mind.”


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