Press Coverage

NEFAC receives considerable press coverage each year for its consistent advocacy of freedom of information and First Amendment concerns. Below are links to stories we’ve appeared in during the current year. Coverage from previous years can be seen here:

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Social Media Platforms Not Violating First Amendment (Video) | KOCO-Oklahoma City 1.11.21

“The First Amendment’s purpose is to protect us from government and not private companies like Twitter or Facebook,” said Justin Silverman, the executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition. He said constitutionally protected free speech is often misunderstood. “I think there is a broad misconception that the First Amendment allows us to speak freely wherever and however we want, and that’s not true,” Silverman said.

Expert Addresses Misconceptions About First Amendment (Video) | WMTW-Portland 1.11.21

As social media companies have suspended or banned President Donald Trump after last week’s riots at the U.S. Capitol, it has raised questions as to whether it impedes the First Amendment. “I think there is a broad misconception that the First Amendment allows us to speak freely wherever and however we want, and that’s not true,” New England First Amendment Coalition Executive Director Justin Silverman said. Silverman said that Twitter and Facebook, along with other private companies, have their own terms of service that users agree to, which allows the companies to decide who uses their platforms and under what circumstances.