August 19, 2022

Tweets reinstates Alex Berenson right after settling censorship lawsuit

A free speech victory against Large Tech.

Journalist and author Alex Berenson’s Twitter account has been reinstated as part of a resolution to a censorship lawsuit that each parties  agreed to settle earlier this week .

Berenson discussed an  official reinstatement statement   exactly where Twitter acknowledged its error in suspending his account:

“ The parties have come to some mutually acceptable resolution. I have been reinstated. Twitter has acknowledged that my tweets should have not led to my suspension system at that time. ”

Twitter  hanging Berenson last year   after flagging one of his tweets that questioned the potency of COVID vaccines and recommended that they’re “ at best… a therapeutic with a limited window of efficacy and terrible side effect profile that must be dosed IN ADVANCE OF ILLNESS. ”

Berenson replied by  suing Tweets   and accusing the tech platform of acting “ on behalf of the federal government in censoring and barring him from access to the platform. ”

After being reinstated, Berenson tweeted and pinned the particular statement that led to his suspension.

Berenson also noted that the settlement “ does not end my investigation into the challenges that the government may have positioned on Twitter to suspend our account” and said he’ll provide more information on this issue in the near future.

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who has  offered to buy Twitter just for $44 billion , responded to Berenson’s reinstatement by requesting further details on the challenges the government may have placed on Tweets.

“ I wish I could, ” Berenson tweeted in response to Musk. “ But the settlement with @Twitter prevents me from doing so. However , in the near future I hope plus expect to have more to report. ”

The reinstatement of Berenson is the first-time a large tech platform has admitted it should not have prohibited a prominent user plus reinstated their account as part of a legal settlement.

“ This has NEVER occurred before, ” Berenson observed.

Previous legal cases that have accused Big Tech of censoring users according to government pressure have been terminated and the affected users never have been reinstated. For example , a  lawsuit that was submitted in March   and alleged that Twitter had censored several accounts in response to federal government pressure has been dismissed in May.

Jenin Younes, one of the city liberties attorneys that submitted this March lawsuit, welcomed Berenson’s reinstatement and the info he plans to provide on pressure that the government may have placed on Twitter.

“ His removal was a disgrace, esp. because it has been clearly coordinated by the Federal government, ” Younes tweeted. “ I hope that he is able to shed light on the degree of unconstitutional authorities involvement in social media censorship as he has promised. ”

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