Federal agencies resume discussions with social media companies regarding removal of ‘disinformation’

by | May 9, 2024

According to Senator Mark Warner, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, key federal agencies have resumed discussions with social media companies regarding the removal of ‘disinformation’ from their platforms as the November presidential election approaches.

This marks a significant reversal after months of the Biden administration halting communications with social platforms amid ongoing litigation in the Supreme Court over First Amendment rights.

The discussions were reignited as the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Murthy v. Missouri, initially brought before the Fifth Circuit appellate court last July. The case centers on allegations that federal agencies, including the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), pressured platforms to remove content related to vaccine safety and the 2020 presidential election.

The lawsuit was filed by Missouri's former Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who claimed that the Biden administration violated First Amendment rights by censoring politically conservative voices online.

Warner stated that communications between agencies and social platforms resumed around the same time that several justices seemed to lean towards supporting the executive branch's position on the matter.

Warner mentioned that his committee plans to hold a hearing on election security in two weeks. The session, originally scheduled with CISA Director Jen Easterly and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines last month, was postponed due to GOP efforts to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

For about six months, agencies refrained from communicating with social media companies about election security and other ‘disinformation’ issues.

The Supreme Court's decision in this case will determine whether agencies can continue to engage with social media firms on issues of potential ‘disinformation’.

 

Source: NextGov

 

 

Share this

Top News

Trump considering advisory role for Musk: WSJ

Trump considering advisory role for Musk: WSJ

President Trump and Elon Musk have reportedly started speaking on the phone several times a month, discussing various topics, including the possibility of Musk taking on an advisory role in a potential second Trump administration, The Wall Street Journal reports....

Judge cannon rejects Smith’s request for gag order

Judge cannon rejects Smith’s request for gag order

Judge Cannon on Tuesday denied special counsel Jack Smith’s request for a gag order against President Trump in the classified documents case, criticizing the prosecutors' request as “wholly lacking in substance and professional courtesy.” Cannon stated that failure to...

Trump co-defendants in Georgia case due in court

Trump co-defendants in Georgia case due in court

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee is set to address two key issues involving co-defendants Harrison Floyd and Trevian Kutti on Tuesday in Georgia's election interference case. Harrison Floyd's matter concerns his request to personally recount the 528,777...