Supreme Court rejects Republican challenge of Biden contacting social media companies

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the Biden administration could continue to ask social media companies to remove posts that promoted falsehoods. In a surprise move, the court rejected the First Amendment claim that administration forced the companies to remove or moderate content. (The Washington Post, June 26, 2024, by Ann E. Marimow and Cat Zakzewski)

The administration had asked platforms to take down posts on such topics as the coronavirus and election fraud. In writing for the majority Justice Amy Coney Barrett wrote that the plaintiffs had failed to establish standing that the government had caused their injuries and that could face future injury. She said the platforms were independent actors and routinely removed falsehoods. (The New York Times, June 26, 2024, by Adam Liptak)

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