The Texas governor on Thursday signed a bill banning the removal of posts because of the political views he expressed on social media platforms, leading to significant legal scrutiny after a similar law was blocked by a Florida judge.
Under the new rules, large platforms such as Facebook and Twitter may not remove, run or otherwise moderate content due to the user’s political perspective or impose a complete ban on the user. Companies also need to publish regular reports showing how often they have received complaints about content and how often they have taken down posts.
As the state’s attorney general, private citizens can sue social media companies for violating the law. The law covers companies with more than 50 million monthly active users in the United States, and applies to those who live in Texas, do business there, or “share or receive” social media content in the state.
Silicon Valley companies are increasingly targeting police on their platforms. There have been similar proposals in dozens of states across the country this year, reflecting frustration with the rule of what online voters can say online to Republican voters. Government-signed Bill Greg Abbott of Texas adopts that language: he says he prohibits “censorship” online and claims that large social media sites are “normal carriers”, strictly controlled like phone providers. Is a company.
The new laws have drawn critics who say they violate the First Amendment rights of private companies to determine what content they host. Industry groups sued over Florida law that made it illegal to ban certain candidates from public media for public office. The judge agreed to block the law while the courts consider it a legal challenge.
Social media companies say they do not intentionally downplay rigid opinions and personalities. Rs Cons Accurate statistics often run some of the most popular pages online. Facebook and Twitter declined to comment. Google, which owns YouTube, also declined to comment.