(PatriotNewsDaily.com) – On Friday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans issued a 75-page ruling in which they determined that the Biden administration had violated the First Amendment with their attempts to put pressure on social media platforms over certain pandemic content and posts.
The three-judge panel, made up of one Trump nominee and two George W. Bush nominees, found that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the surgeon general, the FBI, and President Biden cannot push social media platforms to not display content that they view to be problematic. In their ruling, the court did not use the same language as the Louisiana judge in July who had ruled that the federal government was forbidden from contacting social media platforms in order to attempt to coerce them to remove certain content.
The new ruling provides the administration with a 10-day window in which they can ask for a Supreme Court review.
The ruling is the result of a Louisiana lawsuit that claims that the federal government had threatened social media platforms, including X and Facebook forcing them to silence conservative opinions. The lawsuit was filed by four people and a conservative website owner who were against the Biden administration’s pandemic policies.
In the ruling, it is noted that the administration had coerced through threats and intimidation the platforms forcing them to remove certain content. It adds that this was a violation of the First Amendment.
Jeff Landry, the Louisiana Attorney General stated that the court’s decision was an important win “against censorship.”
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