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Here Is Why a Federal Judge Blocked Enforcement of the Texas Social Media Law

In addition to directly interfering with editorial discretion, Pitman says, H.B. 20 would have a chilling effect on the exercise of First Amendment rights because social media companies couldn’t be sure which decisions would prompt the lawsuits it authorizes. He agrees with NetChoice that the “threat of myriad lawsuits based on individual examples of content moderation” would “chill the broad application” of rules against disapproved content such as hate speech and medical misinformation.