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A law allowing citizens to sue companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for censorship was reinstated in Texas

Added 05-14-22 02:14:02am EST - “Industry groups say they will appeal the decision, which a representative described as "constitutionally rotten from top to bottom."” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “A law allowing citizens to sue companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for censorship was reinstated in Texas”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Texas law that prohibits social media companies like Facebook and Twitter from banning users based on political views was reinstated Wednesday in a 2-1 split panel decision by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed HB20 in September 2021. The law allows private Texas citizens and the Texas attorney general to sue social media companies with more than 50 million users for issuing bans based on "political viewpoints."

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis tried to instate a similar bill in Florida, but a judge blocked it, saying it would violate social media companies' first amendment rights.

Industry groups NetChoice and CCIA, which include members like Twitter, Google, and Meta, sued the state, citing the law infringed on their "first amendment rights to engage in their own speech and to exercise editorial discretion over the speech published." 

According to a statement on Twitter from counsel at NetChoice, the decision did not address the constitutionality of the law but simply reinstated the law while the case continues in district court. The counsel also said a written order or opinion was not handed out.

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