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Senator Elizabeth Warren is sued for violating First Amendment over Amazon book censorship calls


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Warren accused Amazon of "peddling misinformation."

Dan Frieth

Nov. 13 2021

A lawsuit has been filed against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) because of a letter she sent to Amazon, accusing the Big Tech giant of “peddling misinformation.”

The lawsuit claims she violated the First Amendment by sending the letter.

In September, Sen. Warren sent a letter to Amazon accusing it of peddling misinformation by promoting books spreading “falsehoods” about COVID-19. She said that the retailer’s algorithms had been recommending books promoting what she thinks is the wrong type of treatment.


Warren’s letter singled out a book by Joseph Mercola and Ronnie Cummings, titled “The Truth About COVID-19: Exposing the Great Reset, Lockdowns, Vaccine Passports, and the New Normal.” According to Warren’s letter, Mercola had been described as “the most influential spreader of coronavirus misinformation online.”

The publishers and authors of the book, along with Robert F Kennedy Jr, have jointly filed a complaint at the Western District of Washington court, accusing Warren of violating their free speech rights. Their complaint cites a past ruling in the Supreme Court in the Bantam Books v. Sullivan case, where state officials were found in violation of the First Amendment by sending letters to sellers warning them not to sell certain books.

We obtained a copy of the lawsuit for you here.



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