A federal court of appeals ruled that the White House, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the FBI, and the surgeon general violated the First Amendment by using social media to suppress the speech and rhetoric of Dr. Jay Bhattacharya.
Bhattacharya is a professor of medicine, economics, and health research policy at Stanford University. He co-authored the Great Barrington Declaration in the fall of 2020 with professors from Harvard and Oxford. The book raised questions and concerns about how the country handled lockdowns during the pandemic.
“We were just acting as scientists, but almost immediately, we were censored,” Bhattacharya, director of Stanford’s Center for Demography and Economics of Health and Aging, told the New York Post. “Google de-boosted us. Our Facebook page was removed. It was just a crazy time.”