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Federal Judge Blocks Biden Administration’s Contact with Social Media Companies: Battle over Free Speech Intensifies

On Independence Day, Federal Judge Terry A. Doughty issued a temporary injunction, putting a halt to any further contact between members of the Biden administration and social media companies. The judge, appointed by former President Donald Trump, is presiding over a case brought by Missouri and Louisiana, challenging federal efforts to censor alleged misinformation about the coronavirus and elections on social media platforms.

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The Battle Over Free Speech

Critics argue that the federal government has crossed the line by using private companies to carry out actions that it cannot directly undertake under the First Amendment. They claim that the government’s involvement has stifled scientific debate and weaponized social media platforms to benefit Democrats and harm Republicans in recent elections.

Upending Government-Company Coordination

According to The Washington Post, the injunction was issued in response to a lawsuit filed by Republican attorneys general from Louisiana and Missouri. These attorneys general assert that government officials have gone too far in their attempts to pressure social media companies into addressing posts that they fear could contribute to vaccine hesitancy or disrupt elections. Judge Doughty’s move has the potential to disrupt years of efforts aimed at enhancing coordination between the government and social media companies.

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A Victory for State Attorneys General and Conservatives

The temporary injunction is seen as a win for the state attorneys general and conservatives who argue that the Biden administration has enabled a “Censorship Enterprise” that encourages tech giants to remove politically unfavorable viewpoints and speakers. The attorneys general claim that these actions represent the most egregious violations of the First Amendment in U.S. history.

Exceptions to the Injunction

While the injunction restricts government officials from communicating with social media companies, Judge Doughty did make some exceptions. Communications related to national security threats or criminal activity are allowed. This allows for necessary coordination in exceptional circumstances.

Brazen Collusion Between the Biden Administration and Tech Companies

The Biden administration’s collaboration with tech companies has been criticized for its overt and unapologetic nature. The court ruling highlights the need for transparency and accountability in the relationship between the government and social media platforms.

The Case Continues

This development follows Judge Doughty’s previous ruling allowing for the deposition of former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki in the case. The ongoing lawsuit, Missouri v. Biden, in the Western District of Louisiana will continue to shape the debate surrounding free speech, government control, and the role of social media platforms in public discourse.

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