“Those who control story, control society.”-Plato
Since 2016, using the pretext of suppressing misinformation, social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn have silenced conservatives.
Lawsuit Against Biden Administration
A First Amendment lawsuit, Missouri v Biden, is gaining momentum after a federal judge ordered the deposition of top-ranking Biden administration officials.
In the lawsuit, Louisianna Attorney General Jeff Landry and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt detailed a massive “censorship enterprise” within the Biden administration to pressure Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other tech companies to “suppress private speech that federal officials disfavor.”
The lawsuit alleges that more than 60 Biden administration officials across 13 agencies violated the First Amendment rights of Americans by having them censored or banned from social media platforms.
The lawsuit points to when the newly elected Biden disclosed his views on having social media companies censor speech. Biden suggested that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg be subject to criminal prosecution if he does not censor enough.
The lawsuit lists other topics flagged for censorship including the Hunter Biden laptop story, the lab leak theory of COVID origins, and the security of voting by mail.
The lawsuit also addresses the killing of the Great Barrington Declaration. The suppression of this Declaration by Anthony Fauci is described as one of the most flagrant acts of government-backed censorship.
The Declaration was an open letter written in October 2020 by Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford and Dr. Martin Kulldorff of Harvard in which they oppose the sweeping lockdowns being mandated by the government as futile, dangerous, and harmful for people at low risk of infection.
Within days of the appearance of the Declaration, Fauci went on news shows to denigrate the authors and called their recommendations “ridiculous and nonsensical.” The author’s insights have since been fully vindicated.
Weaponizing Social Media
In 2016, in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s loss, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) concluded the reason Trump won was because of “misinformation.” In 2016 the DNC weaponized social media platforms.
In July 2021, then-White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, in one of the most anti-free speech statements ever made by the U. S. government said, “We are flagging posts for Facebook that spread misinformation. We are in regular touch with these social media platforms regarding misinformation.”
FBI Met Weekly With Big Tech
In an interview with Joe Rogan in August 2022, Mark Zuckerberg admitted that Facebook made a mistake when it banned the New York Post report about Hunter Biden’s laptop the month before the 2020 election.
Zuckerberg confessed that the FBI had told him not to allow the story, which contained details of Hunter’s drug use and questionable business dealings with foreign governments, to gain traction. The FBI claimed it was “Russian disinformation.”
Musk Releases “The Twitter Files”
In December 2022, Musk published The Twitter Files. The Twitter Files revealed internal meetings held at Twitter to coordinate the censoring of the New York Post story about Hunter Biden’s laptop.
In October 2022, the New York Post published a story about the damaging information on Hunter’s laptop. Twitter immediately went into action to suppress the story. White House spokeswoman Kaleigh McEnany was locked out of her Twitter account for tweeting about the story.
The former head of legal at Twitter, Vijaya Gadde, played a key role in blocking the story, ignoring requests from both inside and outside Twitter to allow the story to play out.
Google Sued for Censorship
In a complaint filed in October 2022, the Republic National Committee cited a study that found Google’s algorithm filtered nearly 70 percent of emails from GOP campaigns to spam compared to just 8 percent of emails from Democrat campaigns.
The First Amendment has no qualifier excluding “misinformation.” The Founders of America understood that all opinions and viewpoints need protection.
Benjamin Franklin warned 250 years ago, “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freedom of speech.”