Supreme Court Showdown: Biden’s Social Media Control Under Fire!

A legal challenge against the Biden administration's efforts to influence companies to remove alleged misinformation about Covid vaccines and fraud faced skepticism at the Supreme Court on Monday.

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Most of the justices seemed doubtful about the lawsuit brought by Louisiana, Missouri, and seven individuals, alleging violations of the First Amendment by Biden officials. They claimed that the administration pressured social media platforms to censor posts, primarily from conservatives, that federal officials found objectionable.

Supporters of the lawsuit argued that the administration's actions amounted to unconstitutional coercion, forcing platforms like Facebook, , and Twitter to suppress posts contrary to federal views.

However, Justice Samuel Alito appeared to be among the few who believed the emails from the White House to tech firms might constitute coercion. He noted that such dealings with the traditional press would be unthinkable.

Alito's remarks highlighted a split on the court, with some justices suggesting that government officials often pressure journalists regarding objectionable content.

Louisiana's Solicitor General Benjamin AguiƱaga tried to differentiate the case from interactions with the mainstream press by arguing that the suppressed speech belonged to third parties. However, several justices didn't find this distinction meaningful, pointing out that outlets often publish contrary opinions.

Deputy Solicitor General Brian Fletcher defended the administration's actions, stating that they encouraged, rather than coerced, social media platforms to enforce existing rules against Covid-19 misinformation.

Justice Amy Coney Barrett expressed concerns about errors by lower courts and broader implications of the lawsuit, fearing it could hinder government officials from addressing issues like doxxing.

While some justices raised concerns about the risks of litigating government interactions with the media and digital platforms, others questioned the plaintiffs' failure to demonstrate a direct link between platform actions and pressure from federal officials.

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