The lawsuit names Biden and top administration officials, including White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and the newly created Disinformation Governance Board director Nina Jankowicz as defendants.
Louisiana Attorney General, Jeff Landry, claimed that the top social media companies have “become an extension of Biden’s Big Government,” and accused Biden of using tactics “from the playbook of Stalin and his ilk.”
Big Tech has become an extension of Biden’s Big Government, and neither are protecting the freedoms of Americans; rather, they are suppressing truth and demonizing those who think differently. Ripped from the playbook of Stalin and his ilk, Biden has been colluding with Big Tech to censor free speech and propagandize the masses. We are fighting back to ensure the rule of law and prevent the government from unconstitutional banning, chilling, and stifling of speech.
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The 86-page complaint alleges Biden and his administration infringed on Americans’ First Amendment right to free speech by colluding with big tech companies to censor speech.
The complaint said:
As alleged further herein, Defendants have coerced, threatened, and pressured social-media platforms to censor disfavored speakers and viewpoints by using threats of adverse government action. As alleged further herein, as a result of such threats, Defendants are now directly colluding with social-media platforms to censor disfavored speakers and viewpoints, including by pressuring them to censor certain content and speakers, and ‘flagging’ disfavored content and speakers for censorship. These actions violate the First Amendment.
The lawsuit points to big tech’s censorship of Hunter Biden’s laptop, the coronavirus lab-leak theory, and posts calling the efficacy of masks into question as some examples of the alleged collusion.
Perhaps most notoriously, social media platforms aggressively censored an October 14, 2020 New York Post expose about the contents of the laptop of Hunter Biden, which had been abandoned in a Delaware repair shop and contained compromising photos and email communications about corrupt foreign business deals.
The two attorneys general called Fauci out for orchestrating a “campaign to discredit the lab-leak hypothesis in early 2020” and communicating with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg “regarding the suppression of disfavored speakers and content of speech on social media.”
They also highlighted Youtube’s censorship of two videos uploaded by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R), where they questioned the effectiveness of cloth masks when dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
The lawsuit also pointed to big tech’s censorship of Former President Donald Trump for his posts about election integrity and mail-in-ballots in the leadup to the 2020 presidential election. The complaint said:
Notoriously, social-media platforms aggressively censored core political speech by then-President Trump and the Trump campaign raising concerns about the security of voting by mail in the run-up to the November 2020 presidential election. This censorship is ironic because, for many years before 2020, it was a common left-wing talking point to claim that fraud occurred in voting by mail.
The lawsuit notes that, while campaigning, Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris sent a letter to Facebook demanding the platform take “more aggressive” actions to censor Trump and his campaign’s messaging on election integrity. It also pointed to a May 2021 White House press briefing where Psaki said major social media platforms have a “responsibility” to “stop amplifying untrustworthy content, disinformation, and misinformation, especially related to COVID-19, vaccinations, and elections.”
Having threatened and cajoled social-media platforms for years to censor viewpoints and speakers disfavored by the Left, senior government officials in the Executive Branch have moved into a phase of open collusion with social media companies to suppress disfavored speakers, viewpoints, and content on social-media platforms under the Orwellian guise of halting so-called “disinformation.” “misinformation,” and “malinformation.”
The lawsuit asked the federal court to declare Biden and his administration’s acts a violation of the first amendment and to issue an injunction prohibiting the administration from “acting in concert of participation” with big tech to censor conservatives.
The case is Missouri v. Biden, No. 3:22-cv-01213 in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.