Federal Court Sides With President Biden And Tech Giants Against Face Mask Critic Over Social Media Suspension

It looks like face mask critic Justin Hart will not be getting anything out of his legal battle against top tech giants after accusing them of unlawful suspension from social media.

Justin Hart filed a lawsuit where he spoke about how his First Amendment rights were taken away after getting suspended from social media regarding posts about the COVID-19 pandemic.

A new document was rolled out on this front from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals who dismissed all of his claims about account suspensions linked to unconstitutional censoring acts.

These appellate judges added how Meta’s apps serve as private entities that are not bound by the law in terms of suppressing freedom of speech. Moreover, judges spoke about how private firms could under exceptional circumstances be considered as state actors which is similar to the government. And these conditions weren’t seen in Hart’s case, causing concern.

For now, Hart is yet to allege how the apps worked at the behest of federal defendants as compared to pursuing their respective policies. Moreover, such a decision arises after a legal battle that dates back to September where Hart was seen suing Meta, the country’s President Bident, and more over matters linked to account suspensions.

One such suspension in question had to do with how he mentioned online that the CDC reported 70% of cases involving those having COVID-19 symptoms, despite wearing masks. So that led to people wondering what the problem was because masks were not saving them.

A host of other similar suspensions of accounts arose in 2020 after Trump was the country’s head of state.

We even saw his similar complaints get removed by the US District Court judge who ruled that such allegations would not prove much in terms of tech giants who served as agents for the government despite suspending him.

In this particular decision, the judge spoke about how Hart was removed from Facebook before Biden became president, adding how the mask critic failed to prove his point about Meta taking complete action against him.

Hart also appealed that decision but things are clearly not going in his favor. We are now seeing the Supreme Court make a consideration linked to separate disputes over these ordeals that influence social media apps to get misinformation deleted.

In such cases, we’ve got the likes of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals adding injunctions linked to official prohibitions from the US White House that go about suppressing speech.

For now, the US Supreme Court has opted to lift the injunction temporarily, starting last year. However, experts do predict that a final decision reached on this front by July. So at the end of the day, no fruitful results for the mask critic.

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