A Tucker Carlson video that Facebook removed at the behest of the White House was a violation of the First Amendment, according to The Daily Caller. U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty reportedly banned the Biden administration from further collusion with big tech officials after discovering that it pressured big tech to censor Tucker Carlson in April 2021.
The suit was brought against the administration by Republican Attorneys General Erik Schmitt of Missouri and Jeff Landry of Louisiana. In his injunction, in which he lists 25 instances of government and big tech collusion, Doughty details when Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Digital Strategy Rob Flaherty contacted Facebook to remove a video of Carlson and Tomi Lahren talking about a prominent medical issue at the time.
White House advisor Andy Slavitt emailed the executive Nick Clegg as well, complaining about the same issue. Slavitt allegedly wrote that last time that kind of information resulted in an “insurrection.” Facebook responded saying that it will compile a report by the end of the week.
Clegg reportedly replied saying that Carlson’s video will be “demoted.” But the executive noted that the video did not go against Facebook’s policies. The video was then given a label suggesting that viewers do not view it. But this action was not sufficient for Biden’s officials, who took additional steps to ask why the video was not removed entirely.
Court documents also revealed that Twitter was “overwhelmed” with requests from the Biden administration to remove or censor content. Government interference in free speech does not extend only to the administration, however. The FBI was caught colluding with Twitter before Elon Musk took over the platform. Leading up to the 2020 election, the FBI worked to censor the New York Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story, which was revealed in the “Twitter Files.”