US Supreme Court To Hear Free Speech Case

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments in what may become a landmark case that regulates the government’s ability to censor free speech.

Last fall, Missouri and Louisiana attorney generals petitioned the Court to hear Murthy v. Missouri. According to RedState, the complaint argues that the Biden administration wrongfully pressured and coerced “Big Tech companies to stifle free speech on social media.”

The filing argues that the government violated the First Amendment by censoring posts expressing opposition to certain political initiatives. The filing adds that referring to blocked content as “misinformation” does not justify the action.

At this time, the Court has granted the Biden administration’s request for a stay in executing the injunction order, which would impose immediate restrictions on content moderation efforts.

Missouri and Louisiana’s requested stay will remain pending while the justices review the matter.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald noted the potential far-reaching impact of the case. Greenwald posted that the Court will review the unanimous finding of an appellate court, which ruled that the White House and FBI “committed one of the gravest attacks on the 1st Am in decades.”

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, X and Space X, reposted Greenwald’s post, adding, “Many Americans still have no idea this happened.”

One of the plaintiffs in the case, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, stated that government officials “pressured social media companies to censor scientific debate and criticisms of the government” concerning COVID-19 policies.

In an interview on Blaze TV, Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-MI), the then-Missouri Attorney General who led in drafting the filing in 2023, said the case represented “the most important case in the history of the country.”

Schmitt argued that the case intends to take down the “federal government and its vast censorship enterprise, coercing, colluding, cajoling social media giants to censor free speech.”

Schmitt noted that his filing charges the Biden administration with strategically censoring content about the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine efficacy, and the Hunter Biden laptop story.

Andrew Bailey, who replaced Schmitt as Missouri’s attorney general, appears committed to following his predecessor’s lead in pressing for regulatory reforms.

The Hill reported that Bailey recently said his team looks forward to “dismantling Joe Biden’s vast censorship enterprise.”

The outlet also reported that “Tech groups have vigorously disputed” claims in the Murthy v. Missouri filing and have “asserted their positions in amicus briefs to the Supreme Court.”