Steve West

Steve is a legal correspondent for WORLD. He is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, Wake Forest University School of Law, and N.C. State University. He worked for 34 years as a federal prosecutor and is now an attorney in private practice. Steve resides with his wife in Raleigh, N.C. Follow him on Twitter @slntplanet.

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Blacklisting Realtors’ speech

Free Speech | Real estate association regulates off-the-clock expression
by Steve West
Posted 1/18/21, 01:50 pm

Some Realtors and free speech advocates are concerned that a new real estate hate speech policy goes too far in attempting to regulate off-the-job communication. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) in November 2020 adopted a revised ethics rule that is now percolating through state associations.

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Alliance Defending Freedom

Supreme Court ponders resurrecting First Amendment case

Free Speech | A Georgia college student presses a lawsuit against a defunct speech policy
by Steve West
Posted 1/15/21, 05:22 pm

Should someone be allowed to pursue a lawsuit and damages over a speech policy that doesn’t exist anymore? The Supreme Court justices seemed conflicted on Thursday.

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Free speech experiences technical difficulties

Politics | Amazon’s takedown of Parler could spur a public reckoning for Big Tech
by Megan Basham & Steve West
Posted 1/14/21, 02:23 pm

When a group of pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol last week, the nation’s attention immediately turned to social media—and not just to find information or share opinions. Those who blame President Donald Trump for inciting the violence demanded an accounting from the industry credited for much of his political success. In response, Facebook, Twitter, and several smaller social media platforms suspended or banned the president.

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