Supreme Court Gives Biden Admin Green Light to Censor for Now

Supreme Court Gives Biden Admin Green Light to Censor for Now

( – Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued on September 15 a temporary halt on a lower-court order that prohibited officials from the Biden administration from coordinating with social media companies. His stay came in response to a Department of Justice’s (DOJ) emergency filing on September 14. This one asked the court to ban a previous injunction that would have prevented the White House and other agencies from flagging misinformation on social media networks.

According to a Politico report, Alito granted the DOJ’s request, delaying the order from being official until after September 22. The Supreme Court justice also gave GOP attorneys general from Missouri and Louisiana until September 20 to respond. The media outlet revealed they were the ones who initially brought the original lawsuit.

In its emergency filing, the Justice Department claimed that the lower injunction would have “irreparable” consequences on the American public and even the government if it goes into effect. Different reports pointed out that the Biden administration wants the court to fully block the injunction while appealing a Fifth Circuit decision that ruled against it.

In a court filing, Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar wrote that the injunction could lead to contempt charges for government officials if they cross unclear boundaries in their actions or even public statements. The senior presidential aides and agencies that risk contempt include the White House Press Secretary, the Surgeon General, the CDC, and the FBI.

In a unanimous ruling on September 8, the Fifth Circuit’s US Court of Appeals in New Orleans determined that the Biden administration violated the First Amendment. The circuit alleged that the White House committed this act by trying to pressure different social media networks to censor controversial content related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The appeals court panel said in its 75-page ruling that the FBI, the surgeon general, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention couldn’t “coerce” these platforms to censor or remove any content they consider problematic.

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