NIH Sued for Blocking Social Media Comments from Animal Rights Activists

September 13, 2021

(Science) – Animal rights activists and a free speech institute at Columbia University are suing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its parent department for blocking comments on the agency’s social media sites that criticize agency-funded research on animals. NIH has its Facebook and Instagram filters set to block comments containing phrases and words such as “#stopanimaltesting,” “PETA,” and “cruel,” alleges the suit, filed 9 September in federal court by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and the Knight First Amendment Institute. The groups argue the practice violates animal activists’ constitutional rights to free speech. (Read Full Article)

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