Political and Legislative

An Appeals Panel Weighs Whether the U.S. Government Overreached in Its Social Media Requests

Lawyers for the Biden administration and two Republican attorneys general presented arguments to an appeals panel Thursday over whether a district judge overreached by barring government officials from communicating with social media companies about controversial posts.

During oral arguments, a three-judge panel in Louisiana’s 5th Circuit Court of Appeals asked whether the government acted in a coercive manner — or provided “significant encouragement,” as described in the lower court’s order — with questioning about where the line separating regular government speech and federal overreach falls.

Judges Edith Brown Clement, Jennifer Walker Elrod and Don Willett, all appointed by Republican presidents, sat on the panel.

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