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Michael Farris FIGHTS BACK with lawsuit against Big Tech

Published in Blog on March 22, 2024 by Jakob Fay

Members of the Biden administration are conspiring with Big Tech to interfere with state government officials’ ability to communicate with their constituents about controversial issues, according to Convention of States co-founder Michael Farris.

“The White House and other arms of the federal agencies were very much active in patterning with social media organizations,” Farris divulged on a recent episode of the “Crossroads” podcast. “There’s a general rule that the First Amendment only applies to the government. So, when private parties are active partners with the government, then the First Amendment, in theory, applies to the whole enterprise.”

In the case of Murthy v. Missouri, both Missouri and Louisiana assert that social media giants curtailed their influence at the behest of federal authorities. Court documents outline the case as addressing a “coordinated campaign” orchestrated by high-ranking federal officials to stifle dissenting viewpoints on critical public issues, including vaccine mandates and Hunter Biden. The plaintiffs contend that these officials “coerced, threatened, and pressured [the] social-media platforms to censor [them].”

Farris, also serving as general counsel for the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), filed an Amicus Curiae (friend-of-the-court) brief in support of the plaintiffs. He stressed NRB's commitment to upholding free speech for all Americans, irrespective of their political or religious affiliations.

SEE ALSO: Michael Farris: A Modern-Day Founding Father?

“The Administration’s effort to suppress speech has ranged in degrees of coerciveness from mere suggestions up to efforts that can fairly be described as threats and intimidation,” he noted. “This Court should rule that the government of the United States may never seek to suppress protected speech. The degree of coercion employed to accomplish the suppression should not matter. It is simply illegitimate for the government of the United States to seek to suppress protected speech.”

Currently, Murthy v. Missouri awaits a Supreme Court decision following a hearing on Monday. As Farris explained, this case will prove critical in determining whether the government is allowed to continue to censor its opponents and opposing viewpoints.

The Biden administration is leveraging the powers of the federal government to conduct a “secret,” backhanded war against disfavored speech. To join us in dismantling this dangerous government-censorship complex, sign the Convention of States petition below.

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