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Supreme Court Blocks Texas Law Regulating Social Media Platforms

The trade groups challenging the Texas law — NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association — are represented by prominent conservative lawyers, including Scott A. Keller and Kyle Hawkins, who served as solicitors general of Texas, and Paul D. Clement, who served as U.S. solicitor general in Mr. Bush’s administration. In their emergency application to the Supreme Court, they wrote that social media companies’ content moderation policies were crucial to their identities and missions.

“Without these policies,” they wrote, “these websites would become barnacled with slurs, pornography, spam and material harmful to children.”