By Urging Big Tech To Censure Social Media, The Biden Admin Faces A Class-Action Lawsuit

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 03/27/2023
A class action lawsuit has been filed against the administration of President Joe Biden for their actions in pressuring Big Tech to restrict users. The latest lawsuit claims that the pressure placed on Twitter and other Big Tech corporations to combat purported misinformation and disinformation, including targeting Kennedy personally, violated the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

The lawsuit claims that "it is well recognized that the government violates the Constitution if it participates in collusive joint action with private parties to violate the First Amendment or utilizes coercive threats to encourage private parties to restrict protected expression."

The lawsuit is based in part on information obtained via lawsuits the attorneys general of Louisiana and Missouri brought before the same court. Documents from the government and major tech firms produced as a result of the case demonstrate repeated attempts by US officials to get the corporations to take action against users.

Companies often informed government that they were working on information restriction as a result of the initiatives. One Facebook employee informed the White House that this included any information that reportedly opposed vaccinations, even when the content was accurate. Nevertheless, the papers reveal that in some instances, the government itself supplied false material that was used as justification for taking action against users.

In the new lawsuit, it is claimed that the censorship efforts are "responsible even now for the online suppression of facts and opinions about the COVID vaccines that might lead people to become 'hesitant' about COVID vaccine mandates... depriving Americans of information and opinion on matters of the highest public importance."

An outside organization identified Kennedy as a top proponent of misinformation, and Jen Psaki, the former press secretary for the White House, pushed their findings. Later, Kennedy was barred from a number of websites, including Instagram. According to the lawsuit, Kennedy gives news assessments to followers and bases those analyses on facts and views. According to the statement, the restrictions "prevented Kennedy from understanding the number and severity of first-hand accounts of vaccination injuries and disseminating that knowledge to his followers."

"Censorship shows a society's lack of trust in itself, according to U.S. Supreme Court Judge Potter Stewart. That is a sign of an authoritarian government. Also, it's against the law, according to Kennedy's statement. "The White House's coordination with bureaucrats from the intelligence and health agencies to stifle criticism of presidential policies is an assault on the most fundamental tenet of American democracy,"

There is no atrocity the government cannot inflict if it can restrict its critics. Since government censorship is prohibited by our constitution, the public has been deprived of accurate, life-and-death information for the past three years. Mary Holland, president and general counsel of Children's Health Defense, said the organization's mission is to "end childhood health epidemics by working assiduously to eliminate harmful exposures, hold those responsible accountable, and establish safeguards to prevent fads."

The State Department, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Census Bureau all declined to comment. Other defendants, such as the White House, the FBI, and the Department of Justice, either declined to comment right away on the complaint or did not reply to requests for comments. The government has maintained previously that its pressure on Big Tech firms does not "plausibly amount to coercion," despite the use of strong language, such as when Vice President Biden declared that inaction was "killing people."

Attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr., his organization Children's Health Defense, and Louisianan Connie Sampognaro filed the lawsuit against Biden and other high-ranking individuals like Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and White House aide Rob Flaherty in a U.S. court in Louisiana.

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