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Supreme Court Upholds Biden Admin, Big Tech Collusion on Social Media Censorship

by Calvin Freiburger | LifeSite News

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Wednesday that challengers to the Biden administration’s collaboration with social media companies on censorship decisions lacked standing to sue, dashing hopes of a landmark ruling for free speech online before the presidential election.

Murthy v. Missouri concerned whether the federal government “asking” platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to delete content it finds objectionable constitutes government censorship in violation of the First Amendment. Rather than answer that question, the Court’s majority decision written by Justice Amy Coney Barrett ruled that the plaintiffs – the states of Louisiana and Missouri as well as social media users themselves – lacked standing to bring the case.

“To establish standing, the plaintiffs must demonstrate a substantial risk that, in the near future, they will suffer an injury that is traceable to a government defendant and redressable by the injunction they seek,” Barrett wrote, in an opinion joined by all but three justices. “Because no plaintiff has carried that burden, none has standing to seek a preliminary injunction.” Read Full Article >

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