Technology companies have asked the United States Supreme Court to overturn the Texas Social Networking Statute

Technology companies have asked the United States Supreme Court to overturn the Texas Social Networking Statute

On Friday, lobbying groups representing Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other internet corporations filed an emergency motion with the United States Supreme Court, requesting that a Texas law prohibiting large social media platforms from removing users based on their political views be struck down.

Technology companies have asked the United States Supreme Court to overturn the Texas Social Networking Statute

The rule prohibits companies with more than 50 million monthly active users from removing individuals based on their political beliefs and compels them to publicly disclose how they manage material.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals approved the state’s request for a stay of a district judge’s injunction barring the law, and the law took effect on Wednesday.

Internet lobbying groups NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed a lawsuit against the measure, and U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman in Austin, Texas, issued a preliminary injunction in December.

The tech groups, in their emergency request, asked the Supreme Court to “allow the District Court’s careful reasoning to remain in effect while an orderly appellate process plays out.”

Pitman had found that the law would harm social media companies’ free speech rights under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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