Biden needs caution in directing social media on lies

The Biden administration unsuccessfully pressured Facebook to share information about how it is combating lies on the vaccines then lit into the social media for not removing the lies quickly enough thus contributing to loss of life. (Ars Technica, July 19, 2021, by Tim De Chant)

Law professor Eugene Volokh of the Volokh Conspiracy, writes that it is constitutional for Biden administration officials to pressure the social media so long as they don’t coerce with threats. Courts have ruled unconstitutional government speech that implicitly threatens retaliation and even delivers thinly veiled threats. (Reason, July 19, 2021)