Supreme Court punts on social media cases

In asking the Biden administration to weigh in on the constitutionality of Florida and Texas laws preventing social media companies from removing posts based on content, the court is delaying a decision on this key First Amendment issue. The court may now hear arguments no sooner than October. (The New York Times, January 23, 2023, by Adam Liptak)

The court asked for the views of the solicitor general on the laws that would restrict Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and others from blocking political speech. Conservatives are concerned that the social media companies are censoring right wing viewpoints. (The Washington Post, January 23, 2023, by Robert Barnes and Cat Zakrzewski)

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