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Cybertoonz explains the government's right to speak

And why government communications to social media about content moderation shouldn't be enjoined


There's already a tangled legal history to the Biden administration's aggressive campaign aimed at persuading social media companies to restrict certain messages and ban certain speakers. Judge Doughty issued a sweeping injunction against the government. The Fifth Circuit gave Judge Doughty's order a serious haircut but left its essence in place. Still unsatisfied, the Solicitor General obtained a further stay from the Supreme Court.

All in all, several hundred pages of legal talk about the US government's right to call on social media to suppress speech.

As a public service, Cybertoonz has reduced the entire controversy to four panels.

(Note: Based on legitimate criticism of the original, I've substituted a different set of cartoons, also created on Bing Image Creator.)