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Supreme Court Rules To Back White House On Deleting Social Media Posts It Wants Deleted

by Jacob M. Thompson


“If the lower courts’ assessment of the voluminous record is correct, this is one of the most important free speech cases to reach this Court in years,” Justice Alito wrote.

Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 vote that sided with President Joe Biden’s administration that essentially allows continued permission for the White House to ask social media platforms to remove and delete content from their platforms if they don’t agree with the messaging.

The court case, Murthy [Surgeon General] v. Missouri [& Louisiana], alleged that the Biden administration strong-armed social media companies to remove content seen as ‘misinformation’ and anything else that the White House did not want to circulate. The case squarely blamed the likes of Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and a slew of other officials and departments for propagating this.

However, the court ruled that neither the state attorneys general nor the five private individuals who introduced the case held any water to pursue an injunction against any of the government defendants.

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Brett Kavanaugh and Ketanji Brown Jackson were the majority vote.

Writing for the majority, the Barrett referred to it as a “tall order” to associate federal behavior with the injuries or even with “a substantial risk of future injuries.” She added:

“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. Because no plaintiff has carried that burden, none has standing to seek a preliminary injunction…


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