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New York Times columnist: It’s a ‘problem’ for US if ‘elites’ censor speech

New York Times columnist David Brooks criticized the political left’s attempts to censor the speech, saying it was a “problem for democracy.”

Brooks made the comments during a segment Friday on “PBS NewsHour” when asked about a federal judge’s ruling this week that the Biden administration can’t communicate with social media companies about the takedown of publications containing erroneous information.

“I think we need, obviously, they need to pull things down,” he said. “There are 40,000 people at Google and Meta pulling stuff down. They’ve pulled over a billion things. I really don’t trust Big Tech to handle this, and frankly I don’t trust the government in concert with Big Tech to privately take care of it.”

“There’s a bill in the Senate, or a bill in the Senate that would make the process more transparent, so outside sources can see if they’re being honest and fair in what they’re rejecting,” he continued. “And that seems to me to be the best way forward. But it’s a problem for democracy to have elites in Washington and elites in Silicon Valley making decisions about what’s out there. And so this is just something we have to contend with.”



The judge in the case did to allow for some exceptions for Biden officials to have contact with social media companies, including informing them of posts involving “criminal activity or criminal conspiracies,” “threats to national security, extortion, or other threats” and crimes related to US elections.

The lawsuit, filed by Missouri and Louisiana, accused the Biden administration of pushing social media companies to censor content related to the coronavirus pandemic. The states said in the lawsuit that the actions of the Biden administration were “the most egregious violations of the First Amendment in the history of the United States of America.”


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