The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp attends the Class of 1972 50-year reunion in Kyle Field on April 20, 2022.
A&M System’s Title IX director suspended after supporting Biden's Title IX changes
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • May 23, 2024
Mexico fans react after Mexico F Julián Quiñones 73rd-minute goal during the MexTour match between Mexico and Brazil at Kyle Field on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (Kyle Heise/The Battalion)
‘The stuff of dreams’
Ian Curtis, Sports Reporter • June 11, 2024

As soon as the Mexico-Brazil soccer match at Kyle Field was announced, Jacob Svetz and Caitlin Falke saw an opportunity.  The match was scheduled...

The Fighting Texas Aggie Band performs at halftime during Texas A&Ms football game against ULM at Kyle Field on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
Gridiron glory to multi-event marvel
Shalina Sabih, Sports Writer • June 7, 2024

Special teams: Special events  “My favorite thing about an event is seeing the people come into the stadium and seeing their excitement...

Kennedy White, 19, sits for a portrait in the sweats she wore the night of her alleged assault inside the Y.M.C.A building that holds Texas A&M’s Title IX offices in College Station, Texas on Feb. 16, 2024 (Ishika Samant/The Battalion).
'I was terrified'
April 25, 2024
Chris Hemsworth as Dementus in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.
Review: ‘Furiosa’ is a must-see
Justin ChenJune 4, 2024

My jaw dropped open in 2016. Rarely in life does that happen, but the viewing experience of “Mad Max: Fury Road" was something to behold....

Texas A&M pitcher Chris Cortez (10) reacts during Texas A&M’s game against Oregon at the NCAA Bryan-College Station Super Regional at Olsen Field on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (CJ Smith/The Battalion)
One step away
June 8, 2024

University sued on behalf of PETA

Photo by Cristian Agguire

Texas A&M’s Academic Building.

A lawsuit filed by The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) alleges Texas A&M University’s Facebook page censors comments including the words “PETA,” ″dog,” ″abuse” and “testing.”
PETA has led a campaign against medical research labs at Texas A&M which involves dogs with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare disease that causes muscle weakness since 2016. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, states the Texas A&M Facebook page is a forum controlled by the government which, under the First Amendment, cannot forbid speech based on its content. PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo said the university is attempting to silence its critics by censoring its Facebook page.
“Texas A&M knows that it can’t possibly defend 37 years of cruel and fruitless experiments on dogs on the merits, so the school has resorted to silencing critics and shutting down debate,” Guillermo said. “PETA’s lawsuit aims to restore the First Amendment rights of everyone who wants to speak out against Texas A&M’s cruelty to animals.”
In a statement released by Texas A&M on Wednesday, the university said they respect PETA’s right to protest.
“We strongly support freedom of speech at Texas A&M,” the statement said. “Over the past two years, PETA and its supporters have protested against Texas A&M research activities on campus, at events, on campus buses and online. We respect their right to do so in spite of the continued misinformation they spread.”
According to the suit, PETA discovered the censorship through trial and error which began in December. The organization is claiming Texas A&M uses viewpoint-based discrimination and “it impedes PETA’s ability to petition the government for redress of grievances.”
The university confirmed they had monitored social media posts in response to disturbances by PETA.
“Texas A&M has taken reasonable steps to manage the University Facebook account in light of online attacks on our platform organized and encouraged by PETA,” the statement said. “We have taken these steps only after these attacks of PETA and its supporters became so extreme that they significantly interfered with University business, the ability of our communications employees to perform their duties and the ability of others members of the Texas A&M community to have meaningful access to our Facebook platform.”
The statement by Texas A&M said the university will “vigorously defend against this lawsuit.”

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Battalion

Your donation will support the student journalists of Texas A&M University - College Station. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to The Battalion

Comments (0)

All The Battalion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *