PETA Sues A&M Over Facebook Comments the University Zapped

An animal rights group has sued Texas A&M, claiming the state's largest university is removing Facebook comments critical of testing performed on laboratory dogs.The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed the lawsuit on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the Austin American-Statesman reported Tuesday.The suit claims A&M has deleted or blocked comments PETA tried to post to the university's Facebook page, the Statesman reported.On its website, PETA said that a "filter automatically deletes visitor posts and comments if they contain words such as 'PETA,' 'cruelty,' 'lab,' and other terms associated with our high-profile campaign against the school's muscular dystrophy experiments on dogs."The university, which hasn't publicly responded to the lawsuit, has in the past said that its research animals are treated with care, the Statesman reported.PETA claims that A&M has conducted experiments for 37 years and has intentionally bred dogs that develop the disease, despite the fact that no cure or treatment to ease symptoms in humans has been found.It is also claiming that the censored Facebook comments violate the organization's First Amendment rights."Our First Amendment rights are infringed when agencies and officials block posts they don't like or disagree with," said David Greene, Civil Liberties director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "And the rights of all readers are affected when the government manipulates its social media pages to make it appear that its policies and practices are universally embraced, rather than widely condemned."  Continue reading...

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