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Content Moderation

09/22/2021

Lawsuit filed against Texas’ social media censorship law

Steve DelBianco
Steve DelBianco President and CEO

On Sept. 22, NetChoice and the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) sued the State of Texas over HB 20.

The lawsuit claims there is a precedent that the government may not “tell Twitter or YouTube what videos to post; or tell Facebook or Google what content to favor.” However, the lawsuit goes on to say that’s exactly what the Texas law is doing. The lawsuit said the law prohibits social media platforms from exercising editorial discretion over content those platforms disseminate on their own privately owned websites and applications.

The trade organizations said this is problematic because social media companies will not be able to protect themselves, users and advertisers from harmful content.

NetChoice and CCIA sued Florida over similar legislation, the organizations said.

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