Description: Class action lawsuit alleging that federal defendants violated the First Amendment by by inducing social-media companies to censor others’ protected speech, including speech regarding climate change.
Kennedy v. Biden
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 03/24/2023 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Lawsuit Alleging Federal Inducement of Social Media Censorship Included Allegations on Climate Change. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., a nonprofit organization he founded, and a Louisiana resident filed a class action lawsuit in the federal district court for the Western District of Louisiana against President Biden and other federal defendants asserting that since early 2020 the federal government had violated the First Amendment by inducing social-media companies
to censor others’ protected speech. Defendants included Gina McCarthy, in her official capacity as White House National Climate Advisor. The complaint alleged that McCarthy “publicly demanded that social-media platforms engage in censorship and suppression of speech that contradicts federal officials’ preferred narratives on climate change” at an event in June 2022. The plaintiffs sought declaratory relief and a nationwide injunction.