Free Speech Affirmed — Pretty Much

Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“The preliminary injunction against federal censorship of social-media users has survived the Biden administration’s appeal. However, it remains on hold until Sept. 22 while the Supreme Court considers the matter. The latest ruling, 78 pages long, by a panel of Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals judges, affirmed the core of District Judge Terry Doughty’s July 4 preliminary order, but the revised order has two big differences. The appellate judges exempted some defendants and narrowed Judge Doughty’s list of prohibited actions to just one modified but broad prohibition. We’ll have to see how that works out, but the court has certainly admonished Biden officials for censoring Americans’ speech by systematically leaning — sometimes very heavily — on the social-media companies.” (09/15/23)