Feds Quietly Used Extortion To Target Social Media 

(RoyalPatriot.com )- In a supplemental pleading filed on Monday, the attorneys general from Missouri and Louisiana allege that White House officials and Democrat lawmakers bullied social media platforms into censoring unapproved narratives on elections, Hunter Biden’s laptop, and COVID, Just the News reported. 

In the March 6 pleading, Attorneys General Andrew Bailey of Missouri and Jeff Landry of Louisiana accuse White House officials and “multiple agencies” of pressuring social media by using, among other things, “threats,” “coercion,” “collusion,” and “deceit” to force social media platforms to censor any viewpoint disfavored by federal officials. 

Citing depositions and communications from current and former officials from the FBI, HHS, Homeland Security, and State Department, the new filing documents 1,423 instances when officials coerced or colluded with social media platforms to censor the free speech of users. 

Last May, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry initially filed suit against the Biden administration alleging the government colluded with and coerced social media companies to censor content on social media that did not conform with the government’s favored narrative. 

Andrew Bailey replaced Schmitt in the lawsuit after Schmitt was elected to the US Senate. 

In August, New Civil Liberties Alliance added its plaintiffs to the lawsuit. The plaintiffs, Dr. Jayanta Bhattacharya, Dr. Martin Kulldorff, Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, and Jill Hines, were all censored on social media for expressing views opposing the government’s pandemic response. 

According to Jenin Younes, litigation counsel with New Civil Liberties Alliance, the most egregious examples of this coercion are from White House Director of Digital Strategy Rob Flaherty who maintained constant contact with social media companies, “berating them” for not doing enough to censor misinformation, the St. Louis Record reported 

New Civil Liberties Alliance senior litigation counsel John Vecchione told Just the News that the evidence shows the “massive pressure and control” by the federal government to get social media companies to remove information from the public, even if the information was true. 

A spokesperson for Tennessee Attorney General Landry told Just the News that the new pleading also includes previously undisclosed information about the Global Engagement Center, which is featured in one of the latest Twitter Files.