Under Elon Musk’s leadership, the legacy media has been worried that X would relax its censorship policies, handing a platform where they cannot control the narrative.
The Biden administration tried to form an agency to police “misinformation,” an unelected bureau of appointed politically partisan people to judge what information is and “misinformation.” The agency was dubbed The Ministry of Truth” by the right.
Since the agency failed to be formed, YouTube, following the government’s wishes, has strengthened its stance on “medical disinformation,” which has been used to justify repeated censorship of RFK Jr., a strong challenger against Joe Biden in the Democrat party primary.
Democrat primary candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was denied a temporary restraining order by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to prohibit YouTube, which is controlled by Google, from suppressing his material.
Because Google and YouTube are not state actors, the Court concludes that the First Amendment claim is unlikely to prevail on the merits, wrote Judge Trina Thompson, who was appointed to serve on the Court by Joe Biden in 2021 and approved by the U.S. Senate in 2022.
Also, the judge said in the ruling there is no indication of an emergency or an inability to transmit movies through alternate venues; therefore, the plaintiff will not suffer irreparable injury if a temporary restraining order is not imposed.
Even if Kennedy were to provide evidence that YouTube is a state actor, Judge Thompson has ruled that “medical disinformation” may not be protected by the First Amendment.
Thompson said that there is an element of public interest in First Amendment matters, which has been recognized in past rulings. He noted that the coronavirus still poses a danger to certain people and that medical misinformation is not in the public’s interest to proliferate on YouTube.