A lawsuit has been filed alleging that the Biden administration has collaborated with big tech firms to block American netizens from discussing topics linked to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The case was submitted by multiple medical professionals and scientists.
In this case, the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) is representing a former member of the vaccine safety subgroup at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a professor of medicine at Stanford University, and Martin Kulldorff, a former academic in the field of medicine at Harvard University. Additionally, NCLA is representing Dr. Jay Bhattacharya. In this legal action, NCLA is also advocating on behalf of physicians Jill Hines and Aaron Kheriaty.
According to a statement that was included in a press release issued by the NCLA, “public statements, emails, and recent publicly released documents establish that the president of the United States and other senior officials in the Biden administration violated the First Amendment by directing social media companies to censor viewpoints that conflict with the government’s messaging on COVID-19.”
Complainants allege that insidious censorship was the direct result of an ongoing campaign by the federal government to silence those who voice perspectives that differ from those of the Biden administration. This campaign is intended to silence those who voice perspectives that differ from those of the Biden administration.
“Social media platforms, acting at the behest of the federal government, repeatedly censored NCLA’s clients for articulating views on those platforms in opposition to government-approved views on COVID-19 restrictions,” the lawsuit stated. “NCLA’s clients were censored for articulating views on those platforms in opposition to government-approved views on COVID-19 restrictions.”
Complete bans, temporary bans, “shadow bans” (in which neither the user nor his audience is notified of the suppression of speech), deboosting, de-platforming, demonetizing, restricting access to content, requiring users to take down content, and imposing warning labels that require a click-through to access the content are all examples of the types of censorship that have been imposed as a result of government-induced censorship.
It is expressly forbidden for the government to censor competing or dissenting viewpoints or to silence its political opponents, regardless of whether it does so directly or whether it uses an outside corporation to achieve its repressive, totalitarian ends. This is because censorship and silencing violate the First Amendment. The struggle against criminal cooperation between big tech companies and big governments to stomp on your voices and the Bill of Rights is one that the AFL will not give up on.
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