What you have here is a government profoundly aware of the legal limits on its own ability to shut down dissenting voices, and therefore leaning on private enterprise to do the deed. But very clearly they did not have to lean too hard. Tragically, there are people at these companies very excited to do the government’s bidding.
The press and the deep state live off each other. What that means is ominous to consider: what you read in the papers and hear on TV from the industry-dominant sources an amplification of deep-state priorities and propaganda.
Yes, it’s the “public-private partnership” in action!