Lawsuit alleges CDC colluding with Big Tech to censor speech

One email appears to show CDC asking Google to promote a specific vaccine page "higher up in results instead of our provider page."

Updated: July 28, 2022 - 4:17pm

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A lawsuit filed by America First Legal argues the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention colluded with social media companies and Google to "censor free speech" and promote the Biden administration's agenda.

One email obtained by America First Legal appears to show the agency asking Google to promote a new vaccine page "higher up in results instead of our provider page."

Another email appears to show the CDC sent Twitter a chart of tweets they deemed "misinfo about — vaccine shedding and microchips."

An email with similar posts was also sent to Facebook.

"These explosive smoking-gun documents, obtained as a result of America First Legal's litigation against the Biden administration, conclusively demonstrate that Big Tech has unlawfully colluded with the federal government to silence, censor, and suppress Americans' free speech and violate their First Amendment rights," said America First Legal President Stephen Miller, a senior adviser in the Trump White House.

"Government is expressly prohibited from censoring competing or dissenting viewpoints or from silencing its political opponents," he said, "whether it does so directly or whether it uses an outside corporation to achieve its draconian, totalitarian ends."