Accountable Tech Statement in Response to Oral Arguments in Murthy v. Missouri

For Immediate Release
March 18, 2024

Following today’s Supreme Court oral arguments on Murthy v. Missouri, Accountable Tech Executive Director and Co-Founder Nicole Gill issued the following statement:

“As the tech industry dramatically cuts investments in trust and safety, recklessly deploys new AI systems, and limits researchers’ access to data, collaborations between government and platforms to share critical information about foreign influence campaigns, election integrity, and public health emergencies are absolutely vital to the health and safety of users and our democracy. Limiting communication between the government and social media platforms under false claims of free speech violation is counterproductive to any efforts to defend the U.S. from election interference and the integrity of our democratic processes.

“Not only did federal government officials and agencies not engage in coercion, today’s oral arguments made clear that Missouri and Louisiana’s complaint is based on inaccuracies and contextual omissions intended to weaponize the First Amendment – all in an effort to undermine the government’s ability to act and to preserve networked disinformation as a political strategy in a critical elections year.”


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