The technology industry has asked the Supreme Court to repeal the “unconstitutional” law on social networks

The technology industry has asked the Supreme Court to repeal the "unconstitutional" law on social networks

NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) have petitioned the United States Supreme Court to stop Texas’ divisive social media law from taking effect.

The technology industry has asked the Supreme Court to repeal the “unconstitutional” law on social networks

“It is unconstitutional for the government to dictate what speech a private company must disseminate whether it be a newspaper, TV show or online platform,” CCIA President Matt Schruers said(Opens in a new window) in a statement about the appeals court’s decision on H.B. 20. “The First Amendment is crucial to our democracy and the Supreme Court must now protect that principle from government actors who are too willing to sacrifice it on the altar of partisan posturing.”

On May 11, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals removed an injunction against the bill in dispute, House Bill 20(Opens in a new window). That means Texas will be allowed to sue any social media platform that “censors” people based on their political views or geographic location, even if the post in question is in violation of the company’s guidelines for all users.

NetChoice counsel Chris Marchese made(Opens in a new window) a similar statement:

“Texas HB 20 strips private online businesses of their speech rights, forbids them from making constitutionally protected editorial decisions, and forces them to publish and promote objectionable content. The First Amendment prohibits Texas from forcing online platforms to host and promote foreign propaganda, pornography, pro-Nazi speech, and spam. […] Left standing, Texas HB 20 will turn the First Amendment on its head—to violate free speech, the government need only claim to be ‘protecting’ it.”

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