Big Tech’s days of censoring users’ content based on their political views may be numbered due to a recent court victory in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
“A Texas law that bans social media companies from censoring users’ viewpoints is constitutionally allowed, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday, in a blow to Facebook, Twitter and Google,” Politico reported.
“The ruling is a win for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in their efforts to combat what they call censorship of conservative viewpoints by social media companies,” the report added.
Texas’s law will not immediately go into effect, despite the court ruling. The appeals court must issue written instructions to the district court that had ruled at the initial stage of the case.
“The law, H.B. 20, had previously been blocked from taking effect by a May 5-4 Supreme Court ruling, which had granted an emergency request by tech trade groups NetChoice and the Computer and Communications Industry Association, which represent Facebook, Twitter and Google,” Politico notes. “The trade groups have alleged the Texas law violates the First Amendment rights of the companies they represent.”
“Today we reject the idea that corporations have a freewheeeling First Amendment right to censor what people say,” the court held.”Two sections of HB 20 are relevant to this suit. First is Section 7, which addresses viewpoint-based censorship of users’ posts. Section 7 provides”: Read more