Supreme Court Takes On Landmark Free Speech Case: Showdown With Big Tech Over Censorship

Written By BlabberBuzz | Sunday, 22 October 2023 02:05
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The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to review a significant freedom of speech case, which could potentially impact the censorship policies of major tech platforms.

This move challenges a previous ruling by a lower court in favor of the Biden administration.

Justice Sam Alito expressed his concerns in a five-page opinion, stating, "At this time in the history of our country, what the Court has done, I fear, will be seen by some as giving the Government a green light to use heavy-handed tactics to skew the presentation of views on the medium that increasingly dominates the dissemination of news. That is most unfortunate."

The case, known as Murthy v. Missouri, was initiated by five social media users and the Republican attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana. According to CBS News, the plaintiffs alleged that several federal agencies and officials coerced social media companies into suppressing speech on their platforms, thereby violating the First Amendment.

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The Supreme Court's announcement on Friday revealed that Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch joined Alito in dissenting from the decision to stay the injunction. The case highlights what two lower courts identified as a 'coordinated campaign' by high-ranking federal officials to suppress the expression of disfavored views on significant public issues.

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The plaintiffs in the case alleged that prominent social media companies either blocked their use of the platforms or downgraded their posts on a range of contentious topics. These included the COVID–19 lab leak theory, pandemic lockdowns, vaccine side effects, election fraud, and the Hunter Biden laptop story.

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The case further accuses federal government officials of being the ones who were "pulling the strings," suggesting that these officials "coerced, threatened, and pressured [the] social media platforms to censor [them]."

The Court of Appeals agreed with the district court's assessment that 'unrelenting pressure' from certain government officials likely 'had the intended result of suppressing millions of protected free speech postings by American citizens.'

This case, therefore, stands as a significant challenge to the current administration and could potentially reshape the landscape of free speech on social media platforms.

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