A rally to promote free speech and denounce high-tech censorship turned ugly on Saturday in San Francisco when hundreds of alleged Antifa counter-protests surfaced and condemned and attacked protesters, one missing a tooth.
The conservative group Team Save America organized the event in protest against Twitter, which claims to censor freedom of speech. They planned to gather in United Nations Square before moving the protest to Twitter headquarters a few blocks away. But the event quickly turned into a screaming match and violence when hundreds of counter-protests invaded the scene.
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The video shows a counter-protester punching Philip Anderson, the event̵
Anderson posted a photo of the consequences on social media and said he had been attacked by Antifa.
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“It happens when you lose your freedom of speech,” Anderson booed as the crowd hurled objects at him. “This is happening, America. This is what our country is becoming.”
The event was canceled before it started.
Another protester, who was wearing a Trump 2020 shirt, was attacked at some point by a counter-protester.
The San Francisco Police Department did not respond to a request for comment on Saturday.
Social media companies have come under fire for alleged censorship recently. Last week, for example, Twitter tweeted a warning from the president comparing the coronavirus to the flu, while Facebook removed the post altogether.
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As of Saturday night, Twitter had still locked the New York Post account to post on Twitter about their reporting on Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.
Facebook, meanwhile, said it was reducing the distribution of Post reports on its platform.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.