Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Free Speech

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week on Murthy v. Missouri, a potential landmark case regarding the federal government, social media and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Missouri’s attorney general, Eric Schmitt, filed this suit after the Twitter Files exposed a deep level of collusion between the federal government and Silicon Valley media giants. Schmitt claimed that the government pressured social media companies to censor conservative views and criticism of the Biden administration in a way that violated freedom of expression.

Elon Musk bought Twitter out of concern for its previous leaders’ censoring. He said Twitter acting on its own to suppress speech isn’t a First Amendment violation, but “acting under orders from the government to suppress free speech, with no judicial review, is.”

Both liberal and conservative justices expressed skepticism about whether government officials acted unlawfully. Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was appointed by Donald Trump, said he wasn’t sure what happened was coercion, saying it isn’t “uncommon for government officials to protest an upcoming story.”

In other words, because social media companies willingly cooperate with the government to censor conservative views and criticism of the Biden administration, the Supreme Court is unlikely to stop such activity. This means that the federal government will continue to use tech giants to censor what you watch and read regardless of what the First Amendment says about free speech.

Daniel 8:10-12 prophesy of a time in the modern age when truth will be cast down. Government collusion with social media companies is a big part of this end-time trend.