Biden’s DOJ withdrew subpoena for Twitter account parodying Nunes

The Hill

The filing was revealed a day after a federal court in Washington, D.C., unsealed a motion showing the Trump administration’s DOJ had issued a grand jury subpoena to Twitter demanding that it turn over the identifying information regarding the user @NunesAlt.

The latest document unsealed Tuesday shows that the U.S. Attorney’s office in D.C. withdrew the subpoena in March, two months after President Biden took office.

In the filing, the DOJ asked a federal judge in March to deny Twitter’s motion to quash the subpoena, saying the case was moot since the demand had been withdrawn March 17.

On Monday it was revealed that Twitter had asked a federal judge to throw out the subpoena, arguing that it raised First Amendment concerns.

Source: https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/554191-bidens-doj-withdrew-subpoena-for-twitter-account-parodying-nunes

Pentagon launches program to surveil military personnel’s social media

New York Post

The Pentagon is planning on launching a program that would screen military personnel’s social media for “extremist material” — looking to retain a private firm to do the digging in order to circumvent First Amendment protections, according to a report.

Internal Defense Department documents reviewed by The Intercept reveal that Bishop Garrison, a senior advisor to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin tasked with addressing “extremism” in the armed forces, is currently in the process of designing a social media screening program which will “continuously” monitor for “concerning behaviors.”

In the past, the Pentagon has shied away from surveilling members due to First Amendment protections, as well as other privacy concerns.

Source: https://nypost.com/2021/05/18/pentagon-to-surveil-military-personnels-social-media/

White House proposal would have FCC and FTC police alleged social media censorship

CNN

President Trump has made it clear he is no fan of social media, due to an unproven assumption they disfavor conservatives. A draft executive order from the White House is one of President Trump’s most recent attacks against social media companies, which could put the Federal Communications Commission “in charge of shaping how Facebook, Twitter and other large tech companies curate what appears on their websites.”

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/09/tech/white-house-social-media-executive-order-fcc-ftc/index.html

Trump says U.S. should sue Facebook, Google in latest complaint

CT Post

President Trump complained that “social media companies are run by Democrats,” and there is a supposed bias against conservatives on social media. President Trump further complains that “Twitter has somehow made it difficult for people to follow his @realDonaldTrump account, from which he tweets prolifically.”

Source:  https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Trump-says-U-S-should-sue-Facebook-Google-in-14050977.php