Texas Republican voters don’t want the government to regulate online speech.
So why are Texas Republican legislators pushing HB 20 (formerly called SB 5 or SB 12) to regulate social media websites?
Read through NetChoice’s polling on why Texas voters do NOT support HB 20.
Texas Republicans overwhelmingly think the government shouldn’t force private websites to host unwanted or offensive speech.
- 61% of Texas Republican voters don’t want the government to force social media to host content that offends users.
- 59% of Texas voters believe the government should make it easier for online platforms to remove undesirable content like hate speech and spam.
- 56% of Texas voters and 54% of Texas Republicans believe social media, not the government, should decide what’s allowed on their websites.
- 74% of Texas Republican voters think the government should allow social media to remove offensive posts to make their sites more family and workplace friendly.
- 70% of Texas voters believe social media businesses have a responsibility to remove extreme, hateful, and inappropriate content from their websites.
- Of those with an opinion, 68% of Texans would not support SB 12 because it would force social media to carry foreign, state-run media like publishers controlled by Iran or Communist China.
- 44% of Texas voters would be less likely to vote for a politician that voted for SB12 if it meant hateful content, racism, nudity, and other inappropriate and offensive content could proliferate on social media.
- 52% of Texas Republicans would be less likely to support politicians who enabled the proliferation of pornographic or offensive content on social media.
- 61% of Texas voters would not support a politician that makes it harder for websites to flag or remove user-posted videos and images that are inappropriate for children.
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