According to the Daily Wire, a federal judge ruled Biden administration officials can no longer communicate or meet with social media companies in another legal setback for the White House.

District Judge Terry A. Doughty’s injunction marks a pivotal juncture in the ongoing debate on freedom of speech.

The complaint was brought forward by Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-MO), who asserted there were attempts by government officials to exert undue influence on these platforms, leading to the suppression of viewpoints that differed from those of the administration.

“White House officials, CDC & others are stopped cold. We need to continue the fight to take down the Vast Censorship Enterprise,” he said. “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.”

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The Washington Post reported Doughty provided exception clauses for government officials to have contact with social media companies, including informing them of posts involving “criminal activity or criminal conspiracies,” “national security threats, extortion, or other threats,” and crimes related to U.S. elections.

Many expect the ruling to disrupt years of collaboration between tech companies and the government, especially in terms of addressing illegal activities and interference in elections.

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