Washington — A US federal judge on Tuesday barred certain agencies and officials in President Joe Biden’s administration from meeting and communicating with social media companies to moderate their content, according to a court filing.
The injunction is initially in response to a lawsuit filed by former Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmidt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, who was elected senator in November and who hailed the decision on Twitter as a victory for free speech.
It alleges that Biden administration officials acted largely in their efforts to encourage social media companies to deal with posts that contributed to vaccination hesitancy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Can give or influence elections.
The ruling establishes that certain government agencies may engage with social media companies to “solicit, encourage, pressure or induce in any way to eliminate, remove or curtail content that constitutes protected freedom of expression”. “Can’t speak. Amendment of the Constitution.
The order also sanctions officials such as Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Jane Easterly of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
In an order filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Judge Terry Doughty made some exceptions for communications between government officials and businesses, including warnings of national security risks and criminal activity.
Tuesday’s decision marks a victory for Republicans who have argued that the Biden administration has used the coronavirus health crisis and the threat of misinformation as an excuse to stifle dissenting views.