Federal judge gives Biden admin permission to sue Facebook in anti-trust lawsuit

A year after former President Donald Trump was unceremoniously banned from Facebook, many Americans remain deeply concerned by Big Tech’s power over the public square.

Now, a federal judge has ruled that the Biden administration can proceed with an anti-trust lawsuit against the social media giant, The Washington Free Beacon reports. 

Lawsuit is a GO

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) initially brought the case during the Trump administration, but it was rejected by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Reuters reported.

The case was amended in August with new arguments. Now, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg says the FTC has a “plausible” case, and is allowing the lawsuit to move ahead. Facebook had asked for the case to be dismissed.

The Biden administration argues that Facebook acquired WhatsApp and Instagram in order to establish a monopoly.

Boasberg said the FTC’s complaint is now “far more robust and detailed than before, particularly in regard to the contours of Defendant’s alleged monopoly,” and that the agency “has stated a plausible claim for relief.”

“Ultimately, whether the FTC will be able to prove its case and prevail at summary judgment and trial is anyone’s guess,” he wrote.

Censorship continues

In response, The Hill noted, Facebook said they are “confident the evidence will reveal the fundamental weakness of the claims,” and added that its investments in Instagram and WhatsApp “have been good for competition, and good for the people and businesses that choose to use our products.”

There have been growing calls from Republicans and Democrats alike to break up Big Tech, although Democrats have called for more, not less, censorship of “hate speech” and “misinformation,” their code words for conservative speech.

Many Americans were alarmed when President Trump was banned from Facebook and Twitter last January while his term in office was not yet over, in an unprecedented attack on the speech of a sitting president.

President Trump has filed his own lawsuits against the Democrat-aligned Big Tech giants, and he is also seeking to challenge their monopoly with his own social media platform, TRUTH social, set to be released soon.

Republicans such as Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) have proposed giving the FTC more power to regulate Big Tech, but not all Republicans have embraced such proposals, which some consider big government intervention.

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