The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Missouri’s claim that the Biden Administration violated free speech rights when it encouraged social media sites to remove posts spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 6 to 3 ruling found that the plaintiffs who brought the lawsuit had no legal standing to do so. It overturns a lower court ruling that said the government was forcing X, Facebook, and other social media sites to silence conservative voices on their platforms. The Biden Administration argued that forbidding it from pointing out medical misinformation could harm public health.

Conservative justices Sam Alito, Neal Gorsuch, and Clarence Thomas dissented.

U.S. Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Missouri, filed the initial lawsuit when he was Missouri’s Attorney General. He said despite the high court ruling against Missouri, it’s still “a huge win” because the suit exposed a “vast censorship enterprise” run by the Biden Administration.

“The fight is far from over,” he said. “I promise that I will never stop fighting to ensure that Americans’ First Amendment rights are jealously guarded, and I will continue to work to dismantle every last facet of the Biden Administration’s censorship industrial complex.”

Andrew Bailey, Missouri’s current attorney general, announced in a press release that the ruling gives his office “clearance” to pursue more evidence that the Biden Administration may be violating social media users’ First Amendment rights.

“Missouri is not done,” Bailey said. “We are going back to the (U.S.) District Court to obtain more discovery in order to root out Joe Biden’s vast censorship enterprise once and for all.”

In a statement provided by Reuters, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the ruling will help the administration to “continue our important work with technology companies to protect the safety and security of the American people, after years of extreme and unfounded Republican attacks on public officials who engaged in critical work to keep Americans safe.”

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