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CDMedia and Children's Health Defense held an event next to the rotunda in the Ohio State Capitol building today focusing on passing HB 631 to enshrine medical freedom in the state.
While streaming the event live, CDM noticed multiple websites were being blocked when being logged into the wifi network provided to the public in the building.
The list of sites blocked included the free speech social media network Gab.com as well as one of the sponsors of the event - the Vaccine Safety Research Foundation.
Upon investigation, we learned that Legislative Information Services (LIS) is responsible for the building wifi system.
When calling the group, and speaking to Director Kurt McDowell, we learned the building uses a third party vendor (Palo Alto Networks) that handles blacklisting certain websites. The above mentioned domains were labeled 'extremism' and therefore blocked.
I asked how this could happen in the Ohio 'people's house', and McDowell declared, "You don't have to use it, we're not censoring anyone."
So to summarize, you have the Ohio State House Leadership staff arrogantly blocking the free speech of Ohio citizens in the people's house.
This is unconstitutional and simple tyranny.
Ohio citizens should be outraged and should confront their legislators to stop this travesty of free speech.
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