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Skeletons Unveiled: Biden’s Alleged Big Tech Collusion Sparks Supreme Court Battle

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As the United States gears up for a pivotal legal battle, the Supreme Court is set to hear arguments regarding allegations of collaboration between the Biden administration and major technology companies to censor certain messages.

The case, poised to impact the discourse surrounding the upcoming 2024 election, revolves around a temporary ban on the Biden administration’s communication with social media platforms, pending litigation of the case’s merits in lower courts.

Origins of the Lawsuit

The legal proceedings stem from a lawsuit initiated by state attorneys general from Missouri and Louisiana. The suit accuses top government officials of colluding with prominent social media entities, purportedly under the guise of combatting misinformation. Allegations suggest that this collaboration led to the censorship of speech on contentious topics such as Hunter Biden’s laptop, the origins of COVID-19, and the efficacy of face masks.

At the heart of the case lies the question of whether a temporary ban on the Biden administration’s communication with social media companies should remain in effect while the case undergoes litigation. The Justice Department contends that maintaining the ban could result in “irreparable harm,” potentially hindering governmental efforts to address critical issues and safeguard democratic processes.

Stance of State Attorneys General

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey emphasized the importance of upholding the temporary injunction, asserting its role in preserving the separation between technology and government. He underscored the need to protect free speech and ensure a fair exchange of ideas, particularly in the lead-up to elections.

Last year, U.S. District Court Judge Terry A. Doughty issued a temporary injunction, expressing concerns about potential violations of the First Amendment. Judge Doughty warned against the government’s perceived role in stifling free speech, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The injunction highlighted allegations of viewpoint discrimination, with a focus on suppressing conservative speech.

Supreme Court of USA. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Appeals and Supreme Court Intervention

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals expanded the scope of the injunction, encompassing the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within the Department of Homeland Security. However, the Department of Justice (DOJ) appealed to the Supreme Court, arguing that the states lacked standing to bring forth the lawsuit.

While the Supreme Court temporarily lifted the injunction pending further deliberation, Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey remains optimistic about the outcome. He expressed confidence in the evidence presented and the likelihood of success on the merits.

Upcoming Supreme Court Proceedings

The Supreme Court is scheduled to convene for arguments in the case Murthy v. Missouri on Monday at 10 a.m. All eyes are on the nation’s highest court as it grapples with the complex intersection of government communication, technological influence, and constitutional freedoms.

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