By Ophelia Garrett
A federal lawsuit has been filed against the Biden administration. The lawsuit alleges that the public-private collusion that violated the First Amendment rights of Americans during the Covid-19 pandemic revealed how Big Tech coordinated with the Biden administration to censor public dissent.
The lawsuit was filed by the attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana, Eric S. Schmitt, and Jeff Landry, respectively.
Legal expert Jonathan Turley has said:
The recently disclosed exchange between defendant Carol Crawford, the CDC’s Chief of digital media, revealed a back channel with Twitter and other companies to censor “unapproved opinions” on social media. The “tricky” part may be due to the fact that, during that week of March 25, 2021, then CEO Jack Dorsey was testifying on such censorship before Congress and insisting that “we don’t have a censoring department.” It seems that any meeting on systemic censorship with the government would have to wait until after Dorsey denied that such systemic censorship existed.
The request for the meeting was made on March 18, 2021. That week, Dorsey and other CEOs were to appear at a House hearing to discuss “misinformation” on social media and their “content modification” policies. I had just testified on private censorship in circumventing the First Amendment as a type of censorship by surrogate. Dorsey and the other CEOs were asked about my warning of a “little brother problem, a problem which private entities do for the government which it cannot legally do for itself.” Dorsey insisted that there was no such censorship office or effort.
The new lawsuit sheds new light on that testimony. It now appears that the CDC was actively feeding disapproved viewpoints to these companies, including a list of tweets that the CDC regarded as misinformation. In one email, Twitter senior manager for public policy Todd O’Boyle asked Crawford to help identify tweets to be censored and emphasized that the company was “looking forward to setting up regular chats.”
The Biden administration has been quite public in its demands for tech companies to censor what it considers “misinformation,” with Biden claiming tech platforms were responsible for “killing people” because they didn’t censor enough on their platforms.
“Twitter doesn’t have a censoring department.” – Jack Dorsey, then-Twitter CEO.