Texas Hit With Lawsuit Over Social Media Law

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NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) recently filed a lawsuit that will prevent Texas from enforcing HB 20.

HB 20 is a new law that prevents major social media platforms from banning users or removing content based on the “viewpoint” of the user.

According to NetChoice and CCIA, the law violates the First Amendment right of corporations to choose what speech they make, and further points out that the law violates the right of web services to freedom of expression.

The complaint states: “At bottom, HB 20 imposes impermissible content- and viewpoint-based classifications to compel a select few platforms to publish speech and speakers that violate the platforms’ policies — and to present that speech the same way the platforms present other speech that does not violate their policies. At a minimum, HB 20 would unconstitutionally require platforms like YouTube and Facebook to disseminate, for example, pro-Nazi speech, terrorist propaganda, foreign government disinformation, and medical misinformation.”

For more information, read the original story in The Verge.

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