- Rep. Schiff reportedly contacted Google, Facebook and Amazon
- Rep. Schiff reportedly urged them to discredit certain vaccine safety information
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) recently filed suit against U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) for allegedly violating their free speech rights by pressuring big tech giants to remove information about vaccines from their websites.
The lawsuit says that Amazon, Twitter, and Facebook removed or obscured vaccine information that was previously readily available, at Schiff's urging. Schiff reportedly claimed the information about vaccines is inaccurate. AAPS says the information is true.
AAPS argues in the lawsuit:
The First Amendment protects the rights of free speech and association. Included within the right of free speech is a right to receive information from willing speakers. Under the First Amendment, Americans have the right to hear all sides of every issue and to make their own judgments about those issues without government interference or limitations. Content-based restrictions on speech are presumptively unconstitutional, and courts analyze such restrictions under strict scrutiny
AAPS Executive Director Dr. Jane Orient stated:
The internet is supposed to provide free access to information to people of different opinions.
AAPS is not ‘anti-vaccine,’ but rather supports informed consent, based on an understanding of the full range of medical, legal, and economic considerations relevant to vaccination and any other medical intervention, which inevitably involves risks as well as benefits.According to a story in VaccineImpact.com
Click on the link below to read the press release from the AAPS: