Vinson/ACLU Files Lawsuit Against VT For Restricting Online Speech in Brattleboro

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Brattleboro resident and Black Lives Matter supporter Isabel Vinson filed a federal lawsuit today challenging a Vermont law that prohibits “disturbing peace by use of telephone or other electronic communications.” Vinson was criminally cited by the Brattleboro Police Department in June 2020 for her online criticism of a local business owner’s derogatory Facebook posts about the Black Lives Matter movement.

The lawsuit asserts that the law at issue, 13 V.S.A. § 1027, unconstitutionally restricts online speech. Vinson is asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont to declare that the statute violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution and to issue an injunction prohibiting its enforcement going forward.

What Do People Think About Alex Jones Being Banned?

Right-wing conspiracy nut Alex Jones has recently been banned from Facebooks, Youtube, and other sites for violating their hate speech policies.

According to an article published by PolitiFact:

“What sparked their removal? The idea is similar throughout: Jones violated the social media platforms’ hate speech policies.