Big Tech is ready to file a lawsuit, saying the ban on "censorship" on social media violates the First Amendment.
Yesterday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a law banning "censorship" of social media and imposing new restrictions on technology companies. to ignite a similar fight in a Florida courthouse.
Industry groups have called the newly passed laws "unconstitutional". According to the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), the law "seeks to penalize social media companies for pursuing policies that protect Internet users from dangerous content on the Internet." Law banning politicians from social media companies. US District Judge Robert Henkel sided with the tech industry in June and issued a preliminary ruling banning the law because it infringes on the First Amendment rights of companies that modify user content on their online platforms.
“Unconstitutional and dangerous”
Netchoice, which sued Florida and the CCIA, called the Texas law “unconstitutional and dangerous.” Horrific content otherwise... By enabling the government to control speech online, HB 20 violates the First Amendment. "The law is essentially a new fair dogma for the internet. It makes it difficult for conservatives to share their news and views on cyberspace." threat of violence. " p>
Delbianko says Florida law in Florida was blocked by a federal court over the summer" and predicted that "a similar outcome will occur in Texas." If the law is not blocked by a court, Texas law will take effect on December 2. Advertising
Texas law "bans social media, even if it violates platform community standards, and eliminates businesses", a newly formed industry lobby group, Progress Room, said in a debate last week, Texas Democrats introduced amendments that allow Explicitly reaching out to social media to remove domestic Holocaust denial posts, international terrorism and vaccine misinformation. They succeeded in defeating all three.”
This law puts “hate, fraud, terrorist content, and misinformation on the Internet” when most people want and the Internet more healthy. ' said the group. Pressure group members include Facebook, Twitter, Google, Amazon, Apple, and other companies that use online operating systems.
ruler. Big tech claims to censor "conservative opinions"
Abbott claims the law protects freedom of expression. "We've always stood up for free speech in Texas, which is why I'm proud that Abbott said in a statement that he will pass Bill 20 of the House of Representatives to protect First Amendment rights in the lone stellar state," he said. Social media has become our public domain today. It's a place for healthy public debate where information should be able to flow freely - but it's a dangerous move by social media companies to silence opinions. “And there are conservative ideas. This is wrong, and we don’t allow that in Texas.”
Texas law calls social media platforms “public carriers” and applies their restrictions to social media platforms with more than 50 million users Active in the United States.
"The social media platform may be based on the user's expression, the user's expression, or the user's ability to receive expressions of another person: (1) the user's or another person's point of view; another person's expression; or (3) the user's geographic location in that state or any part of such state.According to the law, the attorney general or Texas users can sue social networks for violating the ban and obtain a discount and compensation for court costs.Constitutional Law
This law contains exceptions that allow companies to monitor any Post “is a social media platform specifically authorized to monitor federal law.” Referral or request to an organization for the purpose of preventing sexual exploitation of children and protecting sexual assault survivors from direct harassment Direct incitement to criminal activity or specific threats of violence against a person or group because of race “Color, disability, religion, national origin, age, gender, or position is targeted as a peace official or judge. Or it is an illegal expression.”
The authors of the bill appear to be aware “to what extent the constitution can take precedence over the regulation of internet platforms, and the courts are likely to violate parts of the law.” The law states that “the constitution of United States and United States law, but outside the scope of the United States Constitution and United States law.” The law also states that if a provision is “recognized by a valid court or is unconstitutional,” the rest of the law continues to apply.< p> In addition to banning censorship, the new law states that social media sites must disclose the management of their content. "They must investigate and remove illegal content," the governor's statement said. Bill House 20 also prohibits email service providers from sending messages Content-based email.”
Texas bans internet censorship with a law similar to one previously banned in Florida
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