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/* Examples of restrictions and/or censorship of free speech in the West */
*Newman, Alex (September 7, 2018). [ Big Tech Censors Alex Jones — Who’s Next?] ''The New American''. Retrieved September 7, 2018.</ref> In response to public criticism of the conspiring social media platforms' actions, leftists made dismissive excuses for those companies on social media and in the liberal media, claiming that they are "free to do what they want" because of their status as privately-owned companies, not realizing that the collusion of those platforms to censor and ban InfoWars and other conservative companies and individuals for their political views potentially violate antitrust laws.<ref>[ The Open-Market Economy of Ideas] at Conservative News and Views</ref> In February 2019, removed 22 pages related to Jones and InfoWars.<ref>Bowden, John (February 5, 2019). [ Facebook removes 22 pages linked to Alex Jones, InfoWars]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved February 5, 2019.</ref>
*U.S. Representative [[Ted Lieu]] stated that he "would love" to regulate free speech before admitting that the First Amendment would not let him do this.<ref>Baker, Trent (December 13, 2018). [ Lieu: ‘Would Love’ to Regulate Speech, But ‘First Amendment Prevents Me’]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved December 13, 2018.</ref><ref>Duke, Selwyn (December 13, 2018). [ Dem Rep: I’d “Love” to “Regulate” Speech, but First Amendment Stops Me]. ''The New American''. Retrieved December 13, 2018.</ref>
*Facebook banned several people whose views it opposed, labeling them "dangerous," even though they did not violate the site's terms<ref>Multiple references:
*Murphy, James (May 3, 2019). [ War on Free Speech: Facebook Bans People It Considers “Dangerous”]. ''The New American''. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
*Nolan, Lucas (May 2, 2019). [ Facebook Blacklists Prominent Conservatives Including Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
*Nolan, Lucas (May 3, 2019). [ Facebook Falsely Brands Non-Violent Users ‘Dangerous’ to Justify Un-Personing]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
See also:
*Nolte, John (May 3, 2019). [ Nolte: If You’re Not Defending Louis Farrakhan and Alex Jones, You’re Doing Free Speech Wrong]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
*Ciccotta, Tom (May 3, 2019). [ Never Trumpers and Leftists Praise Facebook’s Blacklisting of Conservatives]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 3, 2019.</ref> – Facebook continued allowing actual left-wing hate speech to go unpunished, however.<ref>Nolan, Lucas (May 3, 2019). [ Facebook Bans ‘Dangerous’ Conservative Figures but Continues to Allow Leftist Calls for Violence]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 3, 2019.</ref>
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