(RepublicanPress.org) – On July 4, a federal judge in Louisiana issued a preliminary injunction barring Biden administration officials from communicating with social media platforms about their content moderation efforts. The attorneys general of Louisiana and Mississippi requested the order after filing a lawsuit that alleged government officials “coerced, threatened, and pressured” the big tech companies to censor posts unfavorable or contrary to President Joe Biden’s agenda. The order is winding its way through the courts, and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito recently got involved in the case, siding with the government — for now.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Thursday temporarily placed on hold a lower court ruling that blocked the Biden admin over its social media contactshttps://t.co/a29PqNOIjE
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) September 15, 2023
On September 8, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the lower court’s ruling in part, allowing the restraining order to remain in place against the White House, the surgeon general, the FBI, and the CDC. Then, on September 14, Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar filed an emergency application for a stay of the injunction in the US Supreme Court.
The application went to Justice Alito, who handles emergency petitions originating in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Later that day, he issued a one-page ruling on the request, ordering an administrative stay on the preliminary injunction until September 22 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).
Alito also directed the plaintiffs to file their response to the solicitor general’s application for the stay on or before 4:00 p.m. on September 20. It remains unclear when the full panel of justices will rule on the matter.
The case comes as a victory for Republicans in the longstanding battle over the limits of free speech on the internet. Conservative lawmakers have long accused their liberal counterparts of working with Big Tech platforms like Facebook, X/Twitter, and YouTube to censor right-leaning voices — including former President Donald Trump’s suspension on those sites in the waning weeks of his presidency.
The plaintiffs alleged in their complaint that several executive branch agencies worked with those social media platforms to remove posts contradicting the Biden administration’s position on sensitive matters. The White House and other federal officials were also accused of directing the big tech sites to censor some claims.
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