Murthy — A Dark Day for Online Speech

by Robert Franklin

“First the good news: we have the right of free speech. Now the bad: in Murthy v. Missouri, a majority (Roberts, Kavanaugh, Barrett, Kagan, Sotomayor and Jackson) of the Supreme Court has conferred on governmental entities an almost unfettered power to censor speech online. As of now, We the People have no power to assert what we thought was our right of free speech. The courts can no longer help us. If the plaintiffs in Murthy can’t enjoin the unconstitutional denial of their rights, I can’t imagine who can. The government is now free to browbeat social media platforms (SMPs) into censoring all speech it doesn’t like and the platforms have zero impetus to resist.” (06/30/24)