- In Texas, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals can sue large social media companies after restoring HB20.
Greg AbbottSigned HB20 in September, but a judge blocked enforcement of the law.
Signed by Governor Greg Abbott HB20 This law is a law between individual Texas citizens and the Texas Attorney General. Sue a social media company with over 50 million users. to make a ban Based on a “political point of view”.
The law also requires social media companies to be transparent about how they moderate their content.
Abbott is one of many voices claiming that social media companies censor conservative voices.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis tried to introduce a similar bill in Florida, but a judge blocked it, saying it could infringe the Social Media company’s First Amendment rights.
industry NetChoice and the CCIA, which include members like Twitter, Google and Meta, have sued the state.Quotation violate their laws “The First Amendment right to participate in one’s speeches and to exercise editorial discretion over published speeches.”
A judge blocked the law’s enforcement in December 2021, but Texas appealed the decision.
Depending on the to the statement NetChoice’s attorneys said on Twitter that the decision did not address the constitutionality of the law and simply restored the law while the case continued in district court. Counsel also said no written orders or comments were delivered.
“HB 20 is an attack on the First Amendment and is constitutionally rotten from top to bottom. So, of course, we will appeal today’s unprecedented, inexplicable and unfortunate order in a split 2-1 panel.” I wrote down. Chris Marquez, Advisor to NetChoice.
Abbott, Texas Attorney General, representatives from NetChoice or the CCIA did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.