RFK Loses Anti-Vax “Free Speech” Suit Against YouTube

Bloomberg Law reports:

Google LLC and YouTube LLC won’t be required to immediately restore videos of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. questioning the safety of Covid-19 vaccines to their platform because he’s unlikely to succeed on the merits of his free speech claims against the companies, a federal trial court said.

Kennedy, who is seeking to be the Democratic Party’s 2024 presidential nominee, alleges that Google’s subsidiary YouTube violated his First Amendment right to political speech when it took down the videos due to its medical and vaccine misinformation policies.

The suit is likely to fail because Google and YouTube aren’t state actors subject to the free speech clause of the First Amendment, the US District Court for the Northern District of California said.

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