Federal Judge Blocks Biden Administration From Contacting Social Media Companies

In response to a lawsuit filed against the Biden administration for their collusion with Big Tech companies to push censorship, a federal judge has issued an injunction barring several top Biden administration officials and agencies from communicating and meeting with social media companies.

The Republican attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, accusing the Biden administration of pressuring social media companies to engage in the censorship of ideas that contradict the mainstream narrative — including content related to the COVID pandemic.

In issuing the injunction, U.S. District Court Judge Terry A. Doughty wrote that the attorneys general had “produced evidence of a massive effort by Defendants, from the White House to federal agencies, to suppress speech based on its content.”

Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-MO) filed the lawsuit while still serving as attorney general of Missouri. Schmitt has responded to the injunction — declaring it a “Big win for the First Amendment on this Independence Day.”

“White House officials, CDC & others are stopped cold. We need to continue the fight to take down the Vast Censorship Enterprise,” he wrote. “Their view of ‘misinformation’ isn’t an excuse to censor. This is the most important free speech case in a generation. Freedom is on the march.”

In the lawsuit, the Republican attorneys general argued that the Biden administration’s actions were “the most egregious violations of the First Amendment in the history of the United States of America.”

Doughty, who was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana by former President Donald Trump, did include exceptions in his injunction that allow Biden administration officials to have certain contact with social media companies — which includes informing the companies about posts that involve “criminal activity or criminal conspiracies,” “national security threats, extortion, or other threats,” and crimes related to U.S. elections.

The collusion between social media companies and members of the Biden administration, as well as other Democrats, was recently exposed in the “Twitter Files” by several independent journalists — including Matt Taibbi, who testified about the issue before the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government.