Weekly News Digest, No. 28

School Speech

Associate Editor of Fox News Caleb Parke writes about a movement at the University of Texas at Austin that is threatening to dox incoming conservative students if they join conservative groups like Turning Point USA and Young Conservatives of Texas. Students leading the movement have compiled reports with conservative students’ phone numbers, addresses, and emails. 

Reporter Brian Pascus authored an article about the $44 million verdict against Oberlin College in Ohio. A local business, Gibson’s Bakery, alleged that they “were libelously accused of racism.” The student senate passed a resolution that noted that Gibson’s Bakery “had a history of racial profiling and discriminatory treatment.” Carmen Twillie Ambar, president of the college, said the “decision is really about whether a college should be held liable for the speech of students.”

Ethan Berman writes about how Williams College, located in Massachusetts, has rejected the Chicago Principles, created by the University of Chicago, “aimed at preserving free speech and expression on campus.” Berman writes that “It’s a disappointment for not only Williams College faculty…but their allies across the country.” 

Online Speech

The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that President Trump cannot block Twitter users. The practice was ruled discriminatory. The judges noted that “the First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes a social media account for all manner of official purposes to exclude persons from an otherwise-open online dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees.”