‘The government can’t outsource its censorship to Big Tech,’ Missouri attorney general says
A federal judge on July 12 ordered the Biden administration to comply with requests for information in a lawsuit filed by Missouri and Louisiana officials over alleged federal collusion with government officials. social media companies to remove material information in the name of fighting so-called misinformation.
The lawsuit could help shine a light on the Biden administration’s behind-the-scenes efforts to discourage the spread of information related to the advent of the virus that causes COVID-19 disease and the ongoing Hunter Biden laptop scandal, according to Eric Schmitt, from Missouri. Republican Attorney General.
Supporters of former President Donald Trump claim that if the story of the laptop belonging to the President’s troubled son had not been taken down, President Joe Biden would have lost the 2020 presidential election. Republicans say that the laptop provides evidence of the son’s misbehavior and the corruption of the Biden family.
Facebook and Twitter have sadly limited the dissemination of information relating to computer content. Biden supporters claimed the story was fabricated by the Russian government as disinformation.
Social media also deleted many stories related to the origins of COVID-19, possible medical treatments to prevent, treat, or cure the disease, and discussions of government and corporate policies implemented to deal with the virus. many of which restricted personal freedoms. Many government and corporate workers have been fired in the age of the pandemic for refusing to take government-approved vaccines, which they say have limited effectiveness and potentially serious side effects.
The lawsuit could also provide fodder for Republicans who promise multiple investigations into government wrongdoing if they retake Congress in the November election.
Among the defendants are President Joe Biden, his former White House press secretary Jen Psaki, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, former Disinformation Governance Council Executive Director Nina Jankowicz and Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to the President and Director of the National Institute. allergies and infectious diseases.
According to court documents, the states allege the administration “colluded with and/or coerced social media companies to remove disadvantaged speakers, viewpoints and content on social media platforms by labeling content of “disinformation”, “misinformation” and “malinformation”. ‘”
The states “allege that the removal of disadvantaged speakers, viewpoints, and content constitutes governmental action and therefore violates the plaintiff states’ freedom of speech in violation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.”
The complaint also alleges that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Council was created “to induce, label, and lobby the censorship of disadvantaged content, viewpoints, and speakers on social media platforms.” “.
When he filed court documents on June 14, Schmitt said“The federal government’s alleged attempts to collude with social media companies to censor free speech should terrify Missourians and Americans alike.”
“We may have forced the Biden administration to give up its Disinformation Governance Council, but there is still a very real threat to the right of Missourians and Americans to free speech.”
“The government can’t outsource its censorship to Big Tech,” Schmitt added in a Tweeter.
Schmitt celebrated the new court ruling in a series of Twitter posts.
“A federal court has granted our request for discovery and documents from senior Biden officials and social media companies to get to the bottom of their collusion to suppress and censor free speech,” Schmitt said.
“Nobody had the chance to look under the hood before, now we do.”
“In our lawsuit, we allege that senior Biden administration officials colluded with these social media companies to remove speech about the history of the Hunter Biden laptop, the origins of COVID-19, the effectiveness of masks and the integrity of elections.
Judge Terry A. Doughty, a Trump appointee, granted the states motion for expedited discovery tied to a preliminary injunction. The injunction request itself will be decided at a later date.
Doughty noted in his order (pdf) that the states asked the court to restrain the government “from taking any action to require, urge, encourage, pressure, or otherwise induce any social media company or platform to censor, suppress, delete, de-platform, suspend, shadow- ban, curtail, restrict access to content, or take any other adverse action against any speaker, content, or viewpoint expressed on social media.”
U.S. Justice Department officials did not respond within press deadlines to a request for comment from The Epoch Times.
The case, Missouri v. Biden, Court File 3:22-CV-01213, is pending in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.