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The discovery phase of a free speech lawsuit from GOP state attorney generals, represented by the New Civil Liberties Alliance, has revealed that the Biden administration pressured social media companies, including Twitter and Facebook, to censor users online who were posting information the White House deemed “Covid misinformation.”
The Wall Street Journal reports, “Newly released documents show that the White House has played a major role in censoring Americans on social media.”
The details of the censorship efforts out of the White House emerged on January 6 as part of Missouri v Biden, brought by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt along with Louisiana’s AG and four additional private plaintiffs including epidemiologists Martin Kulldorff and Jay Bhattacharya, with attorneys from the New Civil Liberties Alliance.
“Email exchanges between Rob Flaherty, the White House’s director of digital media, and social-media executives prove the companies put Covid censorship policies in place in response to relentless, coercive pressure from the White House—not voluntarily,” reports the Wall Street Journal.
“You are hiding the ball,” Flaherty wrote to a Facebook executive on March 14, 2021, and included an article from the Washington Post on the “spread of ideas that contribute to vaccine hesitancy.”
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