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The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will decide whether Texas and Florida are constitutional for social media companies to ban users for potentially harmful speech.
Both states have passed laws that many Republicans say will deter tech companies like Facebook’s parent company. MetaX, formerly known as Twitter, and Google YouTube doesn’t suppress conservative opinions.
While Texas and Florida argue that their laws guarantee equal access to their platforms for all users, tech companies represented by groups such as NetChoice and the Computer Communications Industry Association (CCIA) They claim that this violates the company’s right to free speech. Technology companies have traditionally controlled the type of content published on their platforms, with most apps requiring users to agree to terms of service.
Lower courts are divided on how to treat this law. The Supreme Court’s next nine-month term begins next week, and a decision on the social media case is likely next year.
After former President Donald Trump was banned from Twitter for inflammatory posts surrounding the results of the 2020 presidential election and the subsequent riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, Texas and Florida The law was introduced in 2021. Trump is currently the leading Republican candidate. His lawyer has filed a lawsuit over the 2024 presidential election. simple The Supreme Court heard the Florida law and argued it should be upheld.
Texas and Florida laws were previously enacted. tesla And SpaceX CEO Elon Musk acquired Twitter late last year for about $44 billion. Musk allowed President Trump to return to Twitter in November.
of Biden administration also asked the Supreme Court to consider whether the laws in both states violate the First Amendment rights of technology companies.in filingThe administration insists that technology companies are protected by the Constitution.
“The content moderation activities of platforms are protected by the First Amendment, and the content moderation and accountability requirements impose an unacceptable burden on those protected activities,” the filing states. It is stated in.
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