Date set for Supreme Court hearing on major free speech Big Tech case

The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear arguments on March 18 in Murthy v. Missouri, a major case involving free speech, government agencies, and social media that could have monumental implications for content moderation.

The case deals specifically with whether or not federal agencies indirectly encouraged social media platforms like Facebook and X (formerly known as Twitter) to take down posts on the basis that they contained false information about COVID-19. The case could set a significant precedent around social media and how much communication is allowed between federal agencies and tech companies before the speech becomes coercive.

Louisiana-based U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty issued an initial order in July limiting the federal government’s communications with social media companies after the plaintiffs provided sufficient evidence of a “massive effort” from the White House and federal agencies to “suppress speech based on its content.” A
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