The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a Big Tech free speech case that could change the future of online censorship.
The case, Missouri v. Biden, addresses how the government can interact with technology companies regarding content moderation.
Supreme Court agrees to take up major Big Tech free speech case
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 21, 2023
"The case stems from a lawsuit that was filed by Republican attorneys general in Missouri and Louisiana in 2022 along with four individual plaintiffs. They alleged that their social media posts about the COVID-19 lab leak theory and vaccine side effects were unlawfully removed or suppressed at the request of federal agencies," the Washington Examiner reported.
"The case will be considered in the next term, which is scheduled to end next June. In the meantime, the restrictions on administration communications with tech platforms will be lifted," it added.
"The nation’s highest court will hear the most important free speech case in American history."
The Supreme Court has taken up a landmark Big Tech censorship case that has the potential to strike a massive blow for free speech https://t.co/TX6aE8RkNf
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) October 21, 2023
"Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-MO) and Louisiana Attorney General and Governor-elect Jeff Landry (R-LA) filed the lawsuit," according to Politics Brief.
“The United States Supreme Court has granted cert in Missouri v. Biden – the nation’s highest court will hear the most important free speech case in American history,” Schmitt posted to X, according to the outlet.
Supreme Court takes up landmark free speech case against Biden administration with major ramifications for censorship by big tech platforms https://t.co/UlVCeejRVX
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) October 21, 2023
"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," Alito wrote in a 5-page opinion.
"That is most unfortunate," he added, according to the Blaze.
Alito was joined in the dissent to stay the injunction until the court hears the case by Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch.
The case seeks to address the coordination between the government and social media companies that have occurred in recent national issues like COVID and elections.
If successful, the federal government would no longer be able to continue such communications, offering more freedom for Americans.