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AJC lauds Supreme Court decision to remove online hate speech

The Jewish organization pointed out that antisemitism is a particular concern right now.

U.S. Supreme Court. Credit: Mark Thomas/Pixabay.
U.S. Supreme Court. Credit: Mark Thomas/Pixabay.

The Supreme Court cast its decision on Monday on a case challenging Florida and Texas laws, Moody v. NetChoice, restricting the ability of technology companies to moderate offensive content online.

The American Jewish Committee released a statement on Tuesday heralding the move to support tech companies’ “legal right and moral obligation to exclude hateful speech from their platforms.” 

The group had filed an amicus brief regarding the case in December.

This week, it said it welcomed the “Supreme Court decision in the two NetChoice cases examining this right.”

AJC called the ruling “an essential victory not only for the freedom of speech of the platforms but also for simple decency.”

Citing its State of Antisemitism in America 2023 Report, AJC noted that American Jews currently experience the most hate online with 62% of those surveyed “seeing or hearing antisemitism online or on social media in the past 12 months, including 6% who said this happened once, and 56% who said it happened more than once.”

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