The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has found that the Biden administration violated the First Amendment over their move to pressure social media companies on how to moderate Covid-related content on their platforms, Fox News reported.
Per their report, the Biden administration was found to have violated the First Amendment rights of Americans by attempting to influence what social media platforms allowed users to post about Covid. This lawsuit stems back to an initial case that was filed in Louisiana.
As previously reported by RSBN, the suit alleged that Joe Biden and other officials violated the First Amendment rights of Americans by working with Big Tech to suppress voices of dissension on the federal Covid pandemic narrative.
In July, the court granted a motion that blocked federal officials from contacting social media platforms and pressing them to censor or regulate the content of users.
According to Reuters, the newest ruling from the Fifth Circuit has found that the Biden administration could not communicate with social media companies in such a matter to influence them to change their content to fit a narrative.
Via their report, the Biden administration was previously caught contacting big platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and X to pressure censorship on two big issues: Covid and conversations related to election fraud.
Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo., who filed the case during his time as Missouri Attorney General, celebrated the ruling on X. He wrote, “The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals UPHELD the District Court ruling in Missouri v. Biden, yet again enjoining the Biden Administration from colluding with social media companies to censor speech. This is yet another big win – I’m proud to have filed this case.”
The House Judiciary Committee is also investigating federal involvement in censorship as this lawsuit has worked its way through the court system.
“The scope of the Committee’s investigation includes understanding the extent and nature of the FBI’s involvement in this censorship,” Jordan wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray in an official subpoena for documents related to the investigation in August. He also sent a subpoena to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland at the DOJ.