(FeaturedNews.com) – A U.S. District Court judge has temporarily halted any meetings between White House officials and tech companies regarding social media censorship arguing that such a meeting and actions likely constituted First Amendment violations.
Louisiana Judge Terry A. Doughty issued the injunction on Tuesday after a recent lawsuit from Louisiana and Missouri attorneys general, where the White House was accused of having pushed tech companies to suppress certain opinions and free speech during the pandemic. In response, Doughty determined that many federal officials and agencies, including certain of Biden’s Cabinet members and White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, stopped contacting social media companies to try and suppress free speech. Google, Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, along with Twitter, were all names in the lawsuits.
Fox News obtained the injunction which notes that such actions from the government most likely violated the First Amendment’s free speech clause. Doughty also noted that during the pandemic there was a lot of widespread doubt, which is what prompted the White House to attempt to take on the role of an “Orwellian ‘Ministry of Truth.”
The injunction further notes that should the Plaintiff’s allegations prove to be true, then this could be the biggest attack on free speech in the country in its history. The injunction specifies that the alleged censorship targeted almost exclusively conservative speech and that the issues raised go beyond partisan lines. Doughty further noted that “viewpoint discrimination” is “especially egregious” and that the government should not attempt to regulate speech especially when motivated by a specific ideology.