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On Monday, the Center for American Liberty took a stand against Big Government’s free speech censorship by filing an amicus brief in the landmark case Missouri v. Biden.
This case is the culmination of a disturbing, growing trend of Big Government colluding with Big Tech to censor free speech online. Under the alleged goal of curbing “disinformation” various Biden Administration departments and officials pressured and coerced social media companies to shut down disfavored speech on their platforms. Everything from speaking out about vaccines and election fraud to running a parody account of a Biden family member was fair game.
The Biden Administration knew it couldn’t legally shut down this speech itself, so they strongarmed these social media companies into doing their dirty work for them.
There’s just one problem: this “strong encouragement” by the government is still government censorship regardless of if it’s the social media companies carrying it out.
On July 4, a federal judge agreed and issued a preliminary injunction preventing the Biden Administration from continuing this illegal collusion with Big Tech. While the case continues, the government is prohibited from meeting with social media companies about censoring speech, from flagging content it wants taken down, and from telling these platforms to be on the lookout for certain types of posts and accounts.
The ruling was a huge win for free speech.
This is a win we hope will carry over in Rogan O’Handley’s case.
Just like the plaintiffs in Missouri v. Biden, Rogan O’Handley was the victim of government censorship being carried out by Big Tech. When Rogan expressed concerns over the 2020 election on Twitter, he found himself the target of the California Office of Elections Cybersecurity. Rogan’s tweets were flagged by leftist government operatives, and Twitter permanently suspended his account.
So he took them to court.
Whether it is for Rogan or for any other American, the First Amendment must be protected. Political speech—the right to express ideas and engage in the political process—is core to the First Amendment; it is sacrosanct. That is why O’Handley v. Weber and Missouri v. Biden are so important. We have to stop Big Tech collusion with Big Government to censor your speech.
Support this important case today and preserve liberty for tomorrow!