This was expected and it did not take long. Laurence Tribe weighed in on the injunction brought by a federal judge after two Republican attorneys general in Louisiana and Missouri brought a suit alleging that the White House was going too far in its efforts to curb disinformation on social media.
This injunction is blatantly unconstitutional https://t.co/PQC17Mko11
— Laurence Tribe 🇺🇦 ⚖️ (@tribelaw) July 5, 2023
The Donald Trump-appointed judge’s move could undo years of efforts to enhance coordination between the government and social media companies. For more than a decade, the federal government has attempted to work with social media companies to address criminal activity, including child sexual abuse images and terrorism. […]
Over the past five years, coordination and communication between government officials and the companies increased as the federal government responded to rising election interference and voter suppression efforts after revelations that Russian actors had sowed disinformation on U.S. social sites during the 2016 election. Public health officials also frequently communicated with the companies during the coronavirus pandemic, as falsehoods about the virus and vaccines spread on social networks including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
“The injunction is strikingly broad and clearly intended to chill any kind of contact between government actors and social media platforms,” said Evelyn Douek, an assistant professor at Stanford Law School.
That is a recipe for disaster, especially considering how social media platforms are as toxic as they have become, especially Twitter. Twitter is being taken over by right-wingers and they are planting disinformation the way the rest of us plant flowers.
This is going to be one hell of an interesting legal battle. I never thought I’d live to see the day when Truth v. Lies would be on the docket.