US President Joe Biden, who came to India to participate in the ongoing G-20 summit, has received a major setback from the court. The court said that the White House and the FBI cannot force social media platforms to remove posts they do not like. A federal court in New Orleans on Friday lifted a lower court order that had barred the Biden administration from communicating with social media companies over controversial content about the virus and other issues.
The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said Friday that the White House, the Surgeon General, the Centers for Disease Control and the FBI cannot “force” social media platforms to remove posts the government doesn’t like. On July 4, a federal court rejected a Louisiana judge’s order directing several government agencies to contact social media platforms such as Facebook and X (formerly Twitter) to urge them to remove such material. I went. But this was banned.
The court’s decision comes after a lawsuit filed in northeastern Louisiana alleges that administration officials forced social media platforms to remove social media content under the threat of changing federal law. The lawsuit also includes the COVID-19 vaccine, the FBI investigation into President Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s laptop and allegations of election fraud. It accused President Joe Biden’s administration of threatening regulators to suppress conservative views. The states of Missouri and Louisiana filed the lawsuit along with the owner of a conservative website and four other individuals protesting the administration’s COVID-19 policies. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry called the court’s decision “a major victory against censorship” in a post on the social media platform ‘X’ (formerly Twitter).