In a rather shocking and disgusting U.S. Supreme Court ruling, it looks as though the Biden administration notched a temporary victory in its aim to censor the American people.
According to NBC News, the high court blocked restrictions previously set on the Biden administration and other federal agencies in their ability to interact with Big Tech social media companies to monitor and essentially give orders to censor what they perceive as "disinformation."
The SCOTUS ruling blocked a lower court's ruling that aimed to stop the White House from having influence on censoring social media posts.
The high court will reportedly "hear arguments and issue a ruling on the merits in its current term, which runs until the end of June."
The ruling didn't come without major dissent. Three conservative members of the Supreme Court, Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch, did not agree with the ruling.
"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. That is most unfortunate," Alito wrote.
BREAKING: Supreme Court Justice Alito Writes A Dissent To Lifting Of An Injunction Against The Biden Administration Pressuring Social Media To Limit The #FreeSpeech Rights Of Americans.
Alito, Thomas, & Gorsuch Dissented To Lifting Lower Court Injunctions In Missouri V Biden! pic.twitter.com/NWHZuEgRf4
— John Basham (@JohnBasham) October 20, 2023
NBC News noted:
GOP attorneys general in Louisiana and Missouri, along with five social media users, filed the underlying lawsuit, alleging that U.S. government officials went too far in what they characterize as coercion of social media companies to address posts, especially those related to Covid-19. The individual plaintiffs include Covid-19 lockdown opponents and Jim Hoft, the owner of the right-wing website Gateway Pundit.
Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey issued a statement on the ruling Friday.
"This is the worst First Amendment violation in our nation's history. We look forward to dismantling Joe Biden's vast censorship enterprise at the nation's highest court," the Missouri AG said.
The SCOTUS ruling on the matter drew intense reaction across social media.
"This is one of the most important cases the Court will ever hear. This will profoundly influence the future direction of the country, towards or away from the original Bill of Rights," one X user wrote.
Another X user wrote, "And to think they were put into their position by conservatives and yet they continue to fail to uphold the constitution."
The final decision in this case will have a profound impact on free speech in America for decades to come.