Judge Sets Guardrails to Stop Government Censorship

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Calling it “the most massive attack against free speech in the United States,” a federal judge took early action in a lawsuit to stop the Biden administration from pressuring social media companies to silence viewpoints critical of the president and his policies.

Judge Terry A. Doughty of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana issued a preliminary injunction and 155-page opinion on Independence Day.

The injunction is in response to Missouri v. Biden, a lawsuit filed by the attorneys general of Louisiana and Missouri and private individuals. They are suing the Biden administration for pressuring and colluding with social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to “suppress conservative-leaning free speech” on the origin of COVID-19, the efficiency of masks, the effectiveness of COVID-19 shots, the lockdowns, the 2020 election, the Hunter Biden laptop, and other issues.

“Although this case is still relatively young, and at this stage the Court is only examining it in terms of Plaintiffs’ likelihood of success on the merits, the evidence produced thus far depicts an almost dystopian scenario,” Doughty wrote. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, a period perhaps best characterized by widespread doubt and uncertainty, the United States Government seems to have assumed a role similar to an Orwellian ‘Ministry of Truth.’”

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