The Biden administration is requesting a court to grant a preliminary injunction to pause its meetings with tech companies regarding social media censorship. In a court memo filed on Thursday, the administration stated that it would face irreparable harm if the injunction prevented them from collaborating with social media companies to prevent harm to the American people and democratic processes.

The court memo stated, “These immediate and ongoing harms to the Government outweigh any risk of injury to Plaintiffs if a stay is granted, and for the same reason, a stay is in the public interest.”

U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty issued the injunction on Independence Day, blocking multiple government agencies and officials from interacting with social media companies in any way that would encourage the removal or suppression of protected free speech content.

The order also prohibits these agencies and officials from pressuring social media companies to suppress posts. The administration is now barred from taking such actions until further arguments are presented in Doughty’s court, based on a lawsuit filed by Republican attorneys general in Missouri and Louisiana.

The Justice Department has filed a notice of appeal and plans to seek a stay of the court’s order. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, when asked by reporters about cocaine allegedly found in the West Wing, stated that they strongly disagreed with the court’s decision without further comment.

An administration official expressed concerns about the potential impact on countering domestic extremism, which the intelligence community considers a top threat to the nation. The impact would depend on the duration of the injunction and the actions taken by social media platforms on their own.

The lawsuit alleges that government officials used regulatory action as leverage to coerce social media platforms to suppress information on various topics, including COVID-19 vaccines, Hunter Biden, and election integrity. Conservatives celebrated the injunction as a victory for free speech and a blow to censorship, citing Doughty’s comparison of the administration’s actions to an Orwellian “Ministry of Truth.”

Social media companies typically remove posts that violate their own standards but are rarely compelled to do so by the U.S. government. The administration has argued in previous court filings that the lawsuit aims to silence the free speech rights of administration officials.

This is not the first time Doughty ruled against the Biden administration in high-profile cases. He previously blocked a Biden administration requirement for healthcare workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 nationwide. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals later limited the order to the 14 plaintiff states.

Bradford Betz is a breaking reporter covering crime, political issues, and more for Fox News Digital.

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