In Texas case, appeals court rules against Big Tech’s ability to regulate online speech
A federal appeals court Friday upheld a Texas law that bars large social media companies from banning or censoring users based on “viewpoint,” a setback for
A federal appeals court Friday upheld a Texas law that bars large social media companies from banning or censoring users based on “viewpoint,” a setback for technology industry groups that have argued that the Republican-backed measure would turn platforms into bastions of dangerous content.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling sets up the potential for the Supreme Court to rule on the law, which conservatives and right-wing commentators have said is necessary to combat “Big Tech” from suppressing their views.
The Texas law was passed by the state’s Republican-led legislature and signed by its Republican governor.
The tech groups on the losing end of Friday’s ruling include NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association, which count Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as members.
The social media companies have sought to preserve rights to regulate user content when they believe it may lead to violence. They have cited concerns that unregulated platforms will enable extremists such Nazi supporters, terrorists and hostile foreign governments.