5-4 Supreme Court Ruling Sends Aftershocks – The Future of Your News May Be at Stake
By Mick Farthing|July 1, 2024
5-4 Supreme Court Ruling Sends Aftershocks – The Future of Your News May Be at Stake

As the Supreme Court’s summer session wraps up, they are releasing many decisions. Some of these cases touch on the lives of every American. Others could determine the outcome of the 2024 Election.

Despite having a 6-3 conservative majority, this court’s decisions have been uncertain. It hasn’t always sided with Republicans and patriotic Americans.

A recent case that could affect how you get your news was brought to the court. A conglomerate of liberal-owned companies tried to eradicate laws from red states. These laws were a reaction to damning allegations that social networks were conspiring to censor users. This is what the Supreme Court decided.

From The National Review:
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to rule on a case in which technology groups challenged laws in Texas and Florida that prevent social-media platforms from censoring users…

The trade association NetChoice, which brought the case on behalf of the major social media platforms, “failed to provide many of the basic facts necessary to evaluate their challenges,” Justice Clarence Thomas said, cautioning that “while federal courts can judge the constitutionality of statutes, they may do so only to the extent necessary to resolve the case at hand.”

The Supreme Court decided not to weigh in on a censorship case, in a 9-0 ruling. This case was brought by liberal social media companies, which were trying to overturn laws from Texas and Florida. Both Republican-led states passed laws that prohibit social networks from censoring users.

These companies, which include Facebook and YouTube, claimed these laws violated their First Amendment rights. That’s right, eh? Massive companies with billions of dollars complain about their rights when they have been trampling on their users’ rights for years.

Bombshell reports accused major social networks of conspiring with the federal government to censor Americans. These companies complied with demands from the Biden administration to take down posts, ban users, or silence stories the government didn’t like.

Yet these companies are complaining about free speech? Give me a break. This Supreme Court decision protects these laws for now. But the battle could rage in lower courts for a while. The highest court’s decision, though, could set the tone for future battles, making it harder for social media companies to block laws that limit their power successfully.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Supreme Court declined to rule on a case challenging laws that prevent social media platforms from censoring users.
  • Republican-led states passed laws prohibiting social networks from censoring users.
  • This comes after reports outing social networks for colluding with Democrats to censor conservative users.

Source: The National Review


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Mick Farthing
Mick is a freelance writer, cartoonist, and graphic designer. He is a regular contributor for the Patriot Journal.
Mick is a freelance writer, cartoonist, and graphic designer. He is a regular contributor for the Patriot Journal.