A pro-Trump legal group is investigating the Biden administration’s coordination with Big Tech companies.
America First Legal, which is run by former Trump administration officials, filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests on Friday.
The group is concerned about the Biden administration’s use of social media to flag or remove posts it deems “problematic.”
“[Jen Psaki] from the White House press room, announced that the federal government is coordinating with social media platforms to silence Americans’ voices,” Matthew Whitaker, a former acting attorney general and an America First Legal board member said.
“It sounds like they’re running some sort of a shadow information quality department in the White House, where they’re telling social media about ‘problematic posts’ and then the social media folks take that down. That’s clearly a violation of Americans’ First Amendment rights, it is inconsistent with our long history. The government has no ability to suppress speech and that’s exactly what it’s doing right here,” he concluded.
Whitaker believes the information requests will shed light on what social media companies are doing with the “flagged” posts.
“The casual ease with which Psaki practically bragged about directing Big Tech to silence Americans is chilling. Authoritarian countries, not democracies, censor and blacklist their citizens,” Stephen Miller, America First Legal’s president and former Trump adviser, said in a statement. “A tiny handful of companies control almost all communication in the U.S. The fact the White House has apparently admitted that they are acting as state agents and deplatforming Americans should horrify anyone and everyone who cares about civil liberties and the First Amendment.”
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