Supreme Court lifts injunction against government censorship of media

 October 28, 2023

When the Supreme Court agreed to hear Missouri V. Biden regarding whether the government can request or order media and social media to censor information it considers untrue or harmful, it also lifted a lower court injunction preventing such censorship until the case is heard.

This means that until the case is heard, the federal government could get away with censoring or pressuring media and social media companies like Google, Meta, and X to censor information, including information harmful to the incumbent president.

It wouldn't be surprising if the government does this. After all, they got dozens of former intelligence officials to say that the Hunter Biden laptop was Russian disinformation right before the 2020 election, even though it wasn't.

By the time the truth came out, Biden was president and it was too late to do anything about it.

Election interference

The case is due to be heard in June, but until then, there could be all kinds of censorship and election interference going on and nobody will be able to do anything about it.

After the 2020 election, information questioning the integrity of the election was censored. Even social media posts suggesting that mail-in balloting is less secure and that it disproportionately favors Democrats were censored even though they were factually true.

Besides election-related information, the government has censored or tried to censor information at least four other times under the Biden administration.

Any information suggesting that masks were not effective against COVID-19 was labeled "misinformation" and videos suggesting such were censored on YouTube and elsewhere.

More examples

An even greater censorship effort was expended to censor any negative information about COVID-19 vaccines and their effectiveness (or lack of it). Despite the fact that vaccines largely failed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, doctors are still recommending boosters whenever they come out because accurate information was kept from the public.

The Biden administration even successfully censored parody content that mocked Joe Biden and his family, demanding that accounts be banned, which were then banned 45 minutes later. No doubt this kind of chilling effect on free speech only stands to benefit Biden's re-elect effort while hurting his opponents.

There's no way it should be legal for the government to use its power to interfere with elections or to withhold true information from its citizens just because it doesn't fit the agenda.

Hopefully, the Supreme Court will rectify this horrible problem when it hears the case.

The question is, will it be too late by then?

At least, for the 2024 election cycle, the answer may very well be yes.

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