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Judge blocks Texas bill aimed at preventing social media companies from deplatforming people based on their 'viewpoint'

Posted On: Jan 17, 2022   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images
A bill signed in Texas aimed to stop social media firms censoring people based on their "viewpoint."
A federal judge blocked the bill on Wednesday, saying it violated the First Amendment.
A similar bill in Florida was blocked in July, also on First Amendment grounds.
A Texas bill signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in September, which was designed to stop social media companies from censoring users based on their political "viewpoint," has been blocked by a federal judge a day before it was due to come into force. In a filing submitted to an Austin, Texas district court, Judge Robert Pitman ruled that the bill - called HB 20 - would violate social media companies' First Amendment right to exercise editorial control over the content that appears on their platforms. "HB 20 prohibits virtually all content moderation, the very tool that social medial platforms employ to make their platforms safe, useful, and enjoyable for users," the filing states. HB 20...

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