Missouri v. Biden: Government Defendants Likely “Jointly Participated” in Free Speech Suppression

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In the crucial First Amendment case Missouri v. Biden, Judge Terry A. Doughty has issued a Memorandum ruling on the government’s Motion to Stay Injunction.  The ruling states, “…all of the Defendants likely ‘significantly encouraged’ and/or ‘jointly participated’ with the social media companies to engage in viewpoint-based suppression of protected free speech. Additionally, the White House Defendants and the Surgeon General Defendants were found to have likely engaged in coercion of social-media companies.”  The ruling provides examples of those defendants which include the CDC, NIAID, FBI, CISA and the State Department. Doughty concluded, “Although this Preliminary Injunction involves numerous agencies, it is not as broad as it appears. It only prohibits something the Defendants have no legal right to do—contacting social media companies for the purpose of urging, encouraging, pressuring, or inducing in any manner the removal, deletion, suppression, or reduction of content containing protected free speech posted on their platforms…”