Tech Companies Ask US Supreme Court docket to Block Texas Social Media Regulation

Lobbying teams representing Fb, Twitter, Google and different tech firms filed an emergency request with the US Supreme Court docket on Friday, searching for to dam a Texas regulation that prohibits massive social media platforms from banning customers based mostly on their political beliefs.

The Texas regulation went into impact on Wednesday when the fifth US Circuit Court docket of Appeals granted the state’s request for a keep of a district choose’s injunction blocking the regulation.

The regulation forbids social media firms with greater than 50 million energetic customers per 30 days from banning members based mostly on their political beliefs and requires them to publicly disclose how they reasonable content material.

It was signed into regulation by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, in September.

Web lobbying teams NetChoice and the Laptop & Communications Trade Affiliation filed a lawsuit towards the measure, and US District Choose Robert Pitman in Austin, Texas, issued a preliminary injunction in December.

Pitman had discovered that the regulation would hurt social media firms’ free speech rights underneath the First Modification of the US Structure.

The tech teams, of their emergency request, requested the Supreme Court docket to “enable the District Court docket’s cautious reasoning to stay in impact whereas an orderly appellate course of performs out.”

© Thomson Reuters 2022


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