Federal government now infringing First Amendment
The federal government is flagging social media posts for Facebook to censor, the White House admitted on Friday.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted the government was targeting free speech by labeling it “misinformation.”
“We’ve increased disinformation research and tracking within the Surgeon General’s office,” Psaki said Thursday. “We’re flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation.”
On Friday, Psaki even stated that Americans who post “misinformation” should not have access to social media platforms.
This, of course, opens up the federal government to lawsuits for violating the First Amendment rights of private citizens, given that the Constitution doesn’t make an exception for what the government labels “misinformation.”
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” the First Amendment states.
In fact, the First Amendment was written to safeguard free speech from government censorship.
If allowed to persist, the White House could censor other topics of speech – including criticism of government.