Technology Group Asks Supreme Court to Hold Texas Social Media Censorship Act


The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) and NetChoice said on Friday they had filed an emergency residence application with Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito to prevent Texas’ HB 20 law from taking effect until passed a lower court. . Alito may decide on the request unilaterally or refer it to the full Supreme Court.

Texas law, which was blocked last year but restored by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday, makes “block, ban, remove, remove platform, monetize, monetize” illegal on all social media platforms with more than 50 million monthly US users. is stipulated as Reinforcing, restricting, denying or otherwise discriminating against equal access or visibility of expression.” As a result, it creates tremendous uncertainty about how social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will function in the state.

NetChoice attorney Chris Marchese said in a statement shared with CNN Business: “Texas HB 20 deprives private online businesses of press rights, prohibits them from making constitutionally protected editorial decisions, and forces them to post and promote objectionable content. “He said. “I hope the Supreme Court makes a decision soon. [appeals court’s decision]And we are confident that this law will ultimately be overturned unconstitutional.”

Among them, NetChoice and CCIA represent the largest companies in several technology industries. Google (google), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR) And among the members, TikTok.

This week’s ruling and the expected backlash from the tech lobby set the stage for a potentially Supreme Court battle for First Amendment rights and a dramatic reinterpretation of rights that affect all Americans, not just the tech industry. can be. — And decades of established precedent.

— CNN’s Brian Fung contributed to this report.

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