Some parts of the Biden administration are forbidden from speaking with or engaging with social media companies concerning Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube content moderation by a federal judge in Louisiana.
Judge Terry A. Doughty from the U.S. The FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services were prohibited from reporting social media posts and accounts by the Western District of Louisiana District Court.
Threats to national security and criminal behavior were given special consideration by the judge.
The decision was made in response to a lawsuit filed by Republican attorneys general in Louisiana and Missouri, who claimed that government agents conspired with social media platforms to delete conservative voices and viewpoints, including posts about the COVID pandemic and Hunter Biden’s laptop, under the pretense of fighting misinformation.
The attorneys general (AGs) claimed in their court documents that there had been “the most egregious First Amendment violations in the history of the United States of America.
The Justice Department is evaluating the court’s order, according to a White House representative, and will consider its options.
Officials from the government have stated that they have worked to minimize COVID fatalities by putting a stop to damaging propaganda and that they regularly notify social media firms of criminal activities such as human trafficking or terrorism.
In response to problems like a deadly epidemic and foreign attacks on our elections, the government has encouraged reasonable steps to preserve public health, safety, and security, the official said in a statement.
“Our steadfast position continues to be that social media platforms have a critical responsibility to account for the effects their platforms are having on the American people while making independent decisions about the information they present,” the statement reads.
Judge Doughty has not yet made a final decision but stated in the injunction that Louisiana and Missouri “produced evidence of a massive effort by Defendants, from the White House to federal agencies, to suppress speech based on its content.”
The Washington Post broke the news of the injunction first.