The Smoking Gun of Government Speech Suppression

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Recently released emails between the Biden administration and Big Tech show a concerted effort to suppress speech that often turned out to be true.

(Douglas Andrews, Patriot Post) “I will always fight back against unelected bureaucrats who seek to indoctrinate the people of this state by violating our constitutional right to free and open debate.”

So said Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey upon releasing documents last week appearing to show that senior-level Biden bureaucrats colluded with Facebook and other Big Tech companies to violate the First Amendment rights of the American people. The documents are part of the Missouri v. Biden court case, which alleges this coordinated effort to suppress speech.

An email dated March 21, 2021, from an unnamed Facebook staffer to then-senior Biden COVID-19 advisor Andy Slavitt and White House director of digital strategy Rob Flaherty is as close to a smoking gun as can be imagined. The email reads in part:

“You also asked us about our levers for reducing virality of vaccine hesitancy content. As you know, in addition to removing vaccine misinformation, we have been focused on reducing the virality of content discouraging vaccines that does not contain actionable information. This is often-true content…”

Douglas Andrews: A Smoking Gun of Government Speech Suppression | The Patriot Post