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Tech Corporations Ask US Supreme Court docket to Block Texas Social Media Regulation


Lobbying teams representing Fb, Twitter, Google and different tech firms filed an emergency request with the US Supreme Court docket on Friday, looking for to dam a Texas regulation that prohibits massive social media platforms from banning customers primarily based on their political beliefs.

The Texas regulation went into impact on Wednesday when the fifth US Circuit Court docket of Appeals granted the state’s request for a keep of a district decide’s injunction blocking the regulation.

The regulation forbids social media firms with greater than 50 million energetic customers monthly from banning members primarily based on their political beliefs and requires them to publicly disclose how they average content material.

It was signed into regulation by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, in September.

Web lobbying teams NetChoice and the Pc & Communications Business Affiliation filed a lawsuit in opposition to the measure, and US District Decide Robert Pitman in Austin, Texas, issued a preliminary injunction in December.

Pitman had discovered that the regulation would hurt social media firms’ free speech rights beneath the First Modification of the US Structure.

The tech teams, of their emergency request, requested the Supreme Court docket to “permit the District Court docket’s cautious reasoning to stay in impact whereas an orderly appellate course of performs out.”

© Thomson Reuters 2022


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