Dhillon on New Executive Order Protecting Free Speech on Campuses

Harmeet Dhillon

Harmeet Dhillon Appears on FBN’s ‘Varney & Company’ to Discuss President Trump’s New Executive Order Protecting Free Speech on Campuses

According to Dhillon:

I think there’s some details that we don’t know yet and they will be unveiled in the signing this afternoon, but my understanding overall is that a federal funding or grants for these universities will be tied to the extent to which they do not promote, but just permit free speech on their campus. We had a real rash of censorship on college campuses that hurts all the students, so I think this is really an important step. There’s another part of this that also ties some aspects of the funding and loans available to students on how successful their colleges and universities are at actually placing them in jobs where they can earn money to pay them back. That’s going to be interesting to see as well.

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We have to see what the details are, but what your viewers may not know is the Department of Education has a vast bureaucracy that measures these colleges and universities on a number of different criteria so they already have a way to do that. It’s just a matter of adding this additional scrutiny. For example, they won’t give a college funding if it doesn’t meet certain accreditation criteria. This is just adding some additional criteria.

There are some regulations that protect these social media companies from lawsuits in a way that, for example, Fox News and other television broadcasters don’t have protection, so if they’re going to be engaging in publication and censorship and weighing different opinions, then they do not need protection from liability for their actions when they do that. That’s one thing under Communications Decency Act. The other is these big tech companies misrepresent what they’re doing, which is a consumer issue. We have Federal Trade Commission and other federal government agencies that can actually take action based on existing laws, and I hope they do that.

You will see that from the behavior of these tech companies that they are expecting it to come. You’re seeing a lot of the democratic candidates actually start talking about. Elizabeth Warren has talked about how these big companies have too much power and need to be looked at. The power goes along with the political viewpoint discrimination and hiding what they’re doing.

These same companies are doing business with China, which is absolutely big brother, so you want China to have all the personal information of what you do in your house? I don’t want that. It is time for us to know what they are doing with our data and what we can do to protect ourselves.

Harmeet Dhillon is a nationally recognized lawyer, trusted boardroom advisor, and passionate advocate for individual, corporate and institutional clients across numerous industries and walks of life. Her focus is in commercial litigation, employment law, First Amendment rights, and election law matters.
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