Federal Judge Praised For Slamming Biden Admin

(TargetDailyNews.com) – Terry A. Doughty, a U.S. district judge who ordered an injunction on July 4 to prevent Biden administration officials from meeting with big tech companies to discuss social media censorship, is being applauded for the decision.

The Washington Post was the first outlet to report the decision.

Doughty issued the injunction on the basis that government officials meeting with private tech companies to discuss social media censorship likely violates the Constitution. The injunction stems from recent lawsuits in Louisiana and Missouri, whose attorneys general allege that the Biden administration coerced or encouraged social media giants to preclude free discourse online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ruling said that federal officials could not meet with private companies for the purposes of suppressing or limiting free speech in any way.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry praised the decision, saying that big tech companies meeting with government officials to discuss online censorship should concern all Americans, “irrespective of their political ideology, their party affiliation.”

In the opinion, Doughty said that the Biden administration has come to expect to have the kind of power normally associated with the fictional “Ministry of Truth” found in Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. He said further that “viewpoint discrimination” is an “egregious” form of censorship and the government must not attempt to regulate speech if the basis for such regulation is purely the ideology or motivation of the person speaking.

The decision comes as a victory for Republicans, who have regularly accused social media giants such as Facebook, Google and Twitter of purposefully censoring certain viewpoints that they find ideologically disagreeable. Many Republicans have also accused the Biden administration of colluding with big tech to enforce censorship policies to circumvent First Amendment restrictions.

The injunction also comes after the release of the Twitter Files, a series of internal documents and email conversations from Twitter, which was released onto the platform by independent journalist Matt Taibbi. Elon Musk, who had bought the social media platform supposedly over free speech concerns, had personally provided Taibbi with the material.

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