Federal Judge Orders Biden Administration to Cease Censorship Efforts on Social Media

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A federal judge has ordered the Biden administration to cease its efforts to censor social media companies, ruling that it violates the First Amendment. U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty of Louisiana blocked officials from the White House and federal agencies from contacting social media platforms to censor political views and protected speech. The judge described the government’s actions as resembling an Orwellian “Ministry of Truth” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Republican attorneys general from Missouri and Louisiana presented evidence of a widespread censorship campaign by the administration targeting conservative speech. The judge emphasized that viewpoint discrimination is a severe form of content discrimination and a violation of free speech rights.