The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a Republican-led challenge to the Biden administration’s communication with social media companies to combat online misinformation on topics related to COVID-19 and the 2020 election.

The Republican Attorneys General in Louisiana and Missouri, alongside five social media users, had filed the lawsuit in 2022, alleging that the government had unlawfully coerced social media platforms into removing or downgrading content. The lawsuit stated that the White House attempted to censor information related to COVID-19 and the last presidential election. The lawsuit was looking to get the Supreme Court to impose limits on the way the administration is allowed to communicate with social media platforms.

In a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that the plaintiffs had no legal right or standing to sue. The vote overturned a lower court’s decision that stated federal officials had likely violated the First Amendment.

“The plaintiffs, without any concrete link between their injuries and the defendants’ conduct, ask us to conduct a review of the years-long communications between dozens of federal officials, across different agencies, with different social-media platforms, about different topics,” Justice Amy Coney Barrett wrote. “This Court’s standing doctrine prevents us from ‘exercis[ing such] general legal oversight’ of the other branches of Government.”

Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas dissented.

In a dissenting opinion, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the majority “unjustifiably refuses to address this serious threat to the First Amendment.”

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a Republican-led challenge to the Biden administration’s communication with social media companies to combat online misinformation on topics related to COVID-19 and the 2020…

Supreme Court rejects claim that Biden administration pressured social media firms into removing misinformation
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