Former President Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, criticized a federal judge’s order that restricts the Biden administration’s communication with social media companies. Holder called the order “pretty stupid” and potentially dangerous. He shared a New York Times article about the decision, which claimed that the ruling could hinder efforts to combat false narratives about the coronavirus pandemic and other issues. However, the preliminary injunction takes issue with the alleged government efforts to suppress free speech.

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Then-President Obama applauds outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 27, 2015. Holder criticized a recent ruling curtailing the Biden administration’s communication with social media companies. (YURI GRIPAS/AFP via Getty Images)

The order issued by U.S. District Judge Terry A. Doughty in Louisiana limits certain Biden administration officials from communicating with social media companies in an alleged government effort to censor protected free speech on these platforms. The injunction does not restrict communication on postings involving criminal activity, national security threats, or efforts to suppress voting, provide illegal campaign contributions, cyber-attacks against election infrastructure, or foreign attempts to influence elections.