U.S. federal court restricts authorities’ right to interfere with social media


The federal court of Louisiana came to conclusionthat U.S. authorities are too frequently and aggressively reaching out to social media operators to edit or remove content they deem inappropriate. According to Judge Terry Doughty, some departments and intelligence agencies have gone too far in trying to force social networks to remove or edit user posts that could, in the opinion of government officials, adversely affect the fight against the spread of COVID-19 and the elections in the country.

Based on this, the judge ruled that authorities have no right to contact social media operators “for the purpose of inciting, encouraging, pressuring or inducing in any way to remove, delete, suppress or reduce content” that does not infringe on freedom of speech, protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

The lawsuit against the Joe Biden administration was filed by the attorneys general of the states of Louisiana and Missouri, who represent the Republican Party. Its representatives, including former President Donald Trump, regularly accuse social networks of removing content that reflects the point of view of party supporters. “If the allegations made by the plaintiffs are true, then the present case is possibly related to the most massive attack on free speech in the history of the United States,” the judge said. “Plaintiffs will probably be able to prove that the government used its power to silence the opposition “.

At the same time, the ruling says that the government can still notify platforms about publications that detail crimes, threats to national security, or attempts by foreign countries to influence elections in the United States.

The presidential administration has the right to appeal this court decision. “We remain of the view that social media operators have a huge responsibility to consider the impact their platforms have on the American people, but have the right to make their own decisions about the information that is presented there,” Bely said in a statement. Houses.

Kirill Sarkhanyants

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