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Supreme Court blocks Texas law targeting social media companies

Industry lobbyists NetChoice and Computer and Communications Industry Association, which represent dozens of social media companies, apps, and other tech companies, including Yahoo, challenged the Texas statute on First Amendment and other grounds. The request followed the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to reinstate the law after a federal district court found it unconstitutional and granted an injunction to stop its enforcement.

On May 23, a three-judge panel for 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order unanimously blocking the enforcement of a majority of Florida law SB 7072 that limited social media companies’ rights to boot users off their platforms and tweak political candidates’ posts. Big Tech lobby group NetChoice challenged the statute.