Texas Forbids Political ‘Censorship’ By Social Media Companies – The New York Times

Technology|Texas forbids political ‘censorship’ by social media corporations.


The invoice, signed by Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas, bans social media platforms from eradicating posts due to the political beliefs expressed in them.Credit score...Eric Homosexual/Related Press
  • Sept. 9, 2021, 6:19 p.m. ET

The governor of Texas signed a invoice on Thursday banning social media platforms from eradicating posts due to the political beliefs expressed in them, a measure that's seemingly to attract vital authorized scrutiny after a similar law was blocked by a judge in Florida. Underneath the brand new guidelines, massive platforms like Fb and Twitter can not take away, play down or in any other case reasonable content material due to a person’s political perspective, or ban the person fully. The businesses will even must publish common stories displaying how typically they obtained complaints about content material and the way typically they took posts down. Non-public residents can sue the social media corporations over violations of the regulation, as can the state’s lawyer basic. The regulation covers corporations with greater than 50 million month-to-month lively customers in the US, and it applies to anybody who lives in Texas, does enterprise there or “shares or receives” social media content material within the state.

Conservative states have more and more focused the ways in which Silicon Valley corporations police their platforms. Related proposals have cropped up in dozens of states across the nation this 12 months, reflecting a frustration amongst Republican voters with the foundations that govern what they'll say on-line.

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