House Republicans have supported a lawsuit against the Biden administration, accusing it of using social media platforms to restrict free speech in several states.
The GOP members of the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Weaponization of Government filed a legal action in the Missouri v. Biden case. This comes after months of Republican claims that federal authorities suppressed dissenting opinions on the 2020 election and COVID-19.
An extensive investigation by the Select Subcommittee dealing with the Weaponization of the Judicial Branch of the Federal Government and the House Judiciary Committee unearthed vital documents. According to Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, House Judiciary Chair, these documents reveal how the government and significant tech firms collaborated to limit online free speech.
“We know that the Biden Administration guided Big Tech in censoring speech they disagreed with, and even mounted a pressure campaign when the companies didn’t adhere to these censorship demands quickly enough,” Jordan told Fox News Digital.
Over the past two weeks, Jordan has unveiled multiple batches of internal emails, court records, and Facebook documents that Republicans assert demonstrate unconstitutional collaboration between the Biden administration and Big Tech.
The revelations, dubbed the “Facebook Files,” were referenced in the Monday night amicus brief, which claims the Biden administration imposed “direct and coercive” pressure on social media companies. One example cited in the court filing involves the suppression of discussion concerning COVID’s origins.
A Facebook executive questioned why the company censored the lab leak theory as the possible origin of COVID, to which a content policy executive replied that they were under administrative pressure to do so. The brief notes that Facebook continued to remove content that the government disapproved of, despite internal objections.
The House Republicans’ legal representation is provided by America First Legal. Its president, Stephen Miller, a former Trump official, stated to Fox News Digital, “The outcome of this case is pivotal for freedom and democracy.”
Last month, U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty of Louisiana, who Trump appointed, issued a preliminary injunction against the Biden administration.
This legal action halted communication between the administration and Big Tech companies.
In a 155-page opinion, Doughty referred to “substantial evidence” of the administration’s “dystopian” speech suppression during the pandemic, likening it to an Orwellian’ Ministry of Truth.'”