Supreme Court to weigh limits of government influence over Big Tech in free speech case

The Supreme Court will consider arguments about free speech in a case reviewing whether government agencies coerced Big Tech platforms such as Facebook and X into removing posts critical of vaccines and mask mandates, setting up a decision with major implications for social media.

Oral arguments are scheduled on Monday for Murthy v. Missouri, a case dealing specifically with allegations that the Biden administration coerced social media companies into censoring content. The case, brought by the Republican attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana, is just the latest of several that will determine which aspects of social media expression are protected by the First Amendment.

Murthy v. Missouri is an important case because it deals with free speech protections related to social media and “protections for the First Amendment from informal pressures that fall short
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