Two Red state Attorney General’s are suing the US Government officals, for doing their jobs, in asking social media companies to enforce their rules for blocking comments they think are false and misleading…
(I mean could these AG’s mean that if the Government officals tell you drinking product X will kill ya, they should’t block crazies telling people they should?…Virus shot mandates and info have become politcal footballs….The Supreme’s have BACKED mandates…WTF is a judge even entertaining this?…Oh?….It’s a Trump appointment…Say NO more…)
The attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana, both Republicans, have sued the White House and dozens of officials like Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, accusing them of forcing the platforms to stifle the voices of its political critics in violation of the constitutional guarantee of free speech.
The outcome could help decide whether the First Amendment has become, for better or worse, a barrier to virtually any government efforts to stifle a problem that, in the case of a pandemic, threatens public health and, in the case of the integrity of elections, even democracy itself.
Government officials have long urged social media companies to fight illegal or harmful content online, especially when it comes to terrorism or other criminal activity, like child sexual abuse or human trafficking.
The attorneys general, though, accuse the Biden administration of taking the effort too far. Their claims reflect a narrative that has taken root among conservatives that the nation’s social media companies have joined with government officials to discriminate against them, despite evidence showing the contrary — in Twitter’s case, for example, from its own study in 2021 of how political accounts were promoted….
A White House spokeswoman, Robyn M. Patterson, said in a written response that the administration remained focused on ensuring that Americans received “fact-based information” about Covid-19 and reiterated President Biden’s call for Congress to reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a law that broadly shields internet companies from liability for what users post on their sites….
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