Jen Psaki, a former press secretary for the White House and a current broadcaster on MSNBC, was reportedly identified by a federal judge who is now barring White House officials from speaking with internet firms regarding social media censorship.
Psaki, according to the injunction, “publicly began pushing Facebook and other social-media platforms to censor COVID-19 misinformation” on May 5, 2021.
Judge Terry A. Doughty of Louisiana issued the injunction in response to recent cases filed by the attorneys general of Louisiana and Missouri. The lawsuits assert that during the COVID-19 outbreak, the White House “significantly encouraged[d]” or pushed tech businesses to stifle free expression.
In an effort to stifle speech, Doughty has prohibited a number of government employees and agencies, including several of Biden’s Cabinet members and the White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, from contacting social media businesses.
According to the injunction, Psaki and Surgeon General Murthy informed reporters during a news conference in July 2021 that the White House was “flagging problematic posts” for Facebook.
“If the allegations made by Plaintiffs are true, the present case arguably involves the most massive attack against free speech in United States’ history. In their attempts to suppress alleged disinformation, the Federal Government, and particularly the Defendants named here, are alleged to have blatantly ignored the First Amendment’s right to free speech.” The injunction read.