A federal appeals court has determined that the Biden administration, health officials, and the FBI have acted in a manner contrary to the First Amendment by exerting pressure on social media corporations to suppress posts concerning COVID-19, Hunter Biden, and elections.
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a previous ruling prohibiting certain government representatives, including those from the Biden administration, from communicating with social media companies regarding content moderation.
Judge Grants Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt Permission to Investigate Allegations of Collusion between Facebook, Twitter and the Biden Administration.
Senator Eric Schmitt, in his capacity as former Missouri Attorney General, joined forces with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry in May 2022 to file a lawsuit against then-President Joe Biden (Missouri v. Biden).
Fifth Circuit just unanimously affirmed Judge Doughty’s injunction against White House, CDC, FBI and others — giving Americans and #FreedomOfSpeech a major win against censorship, totalitarianism, and Biden. #FirstAmendment
— AG Jeff Landry (@AGJeffLandry) September 8, 2023
The Washington Examiner reports, “The district judge had placed a preliminary injunction in July prohibiting the defendants, including President Joe Biden, United States Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, and former chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci, from contacting social media companies over content it believes to be misinformation.”
“The Fifth Circuit has upheld the district court’s order in our free speech case, Missouri v. Biden, enjoining the White House, Surgeon General, CDC, & FBI from violating the First Amendment rights of millions of Americans,” Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey posted on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, on Friday.
The First Amendment remains intact.
— Attorney General Andrew Bailey (@AGAndrewBailey) September 8, 2023
Bailey added, “The First Amendment remains intact.”
“Missouri v. Biden was originally filed by Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-MO) when he was attorney general of Missouri. The lawsuit alleges that the federal government is influencing social media companies to violate First Amendment free speech rights held by a platform’s users,” the Examiner report added.
The Biden Administration has ten days to petition the Supreme Court to review the case.