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09/23/2021

Controversial Texas social media law already hit with lawsuit

Steve DelBianco
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On Wednesday, NetChoice and the Computer Communications Industry Association (CCIA), two trade groups that sued over Florida’s law, also sued to block Texas’s law. The suit aims for a court to declare the law unconstitutional and issue an injunction to block it.

In their suit, the two groups argue that Texas’s law—like Florida’s before it—is unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment rights of companies to choose which speech they host.

“This unconstitutional Texas law threatens all our First Amendment freedoms and will be struck down by the courts the same way the Florida version was. Americans should oppose lawmakers stampeding over the First Amendment rights of private individuals and private online businesses, especially when the aftershocks will ripple beyond just Texas alone,” Carl Szabo, the vice president and general counsel of NetChoice, said in a statement.

NetChoice and the CCIA represent companies including Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Yahoo, and others.

Shortly after the Texas bill was signed, NetChoice called it “unconstitutional and dangerous.”

“Given that Florida’s similar law has been enjoined because of constitutional violations, Texas should repeal this flawed attempt to force private businesses to host political speech against their will,” Steve DelBianco, president and CEO of NetChoice, said in a statement.

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