A federal appeals court has rejected a suit that accused a handful of tech giants of conspiring to suppress conservative views and violating the First Amendment. In a four-page judgment on Wednesday, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of the lawsuit brought by Freedom Watch and political commentator Laura Loomer against
, Google and Apple.
The court rejected Freedom Watch's claim that the companies violated free speech rights because the group failed to prove the platforms can violate the First Amendment. "In general, the First Amendment 'prohibits only governmental abridgment of speech,'" reads the judgment, quoting an earlier decision.
The court also rejected allegations that the platforms engaged in anticompetitive behavior. The judgment says the "only anticompetitive conduct that Freedom Watch alleges (without supporting factual allegations) is that the platforms conspired against it to suppress conservative content, but not that the platforms conspired to acquire or maintain monopoly power."
Freedom Watch didn't immediately respond to a request for comment, but a lawyer for the group told Bloomberg they'd file to have the case reheard and take it to the Supreme Court if necessary. The lawyer, Larry Klayman, also reportedly said he believes the court decision was issued in response to President
threats to investigate social media site over alleged bias against conservative views.