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Supreme Court blocks Texas law that banned Facebook, Twitter from moderating posts

Chris Marchese, counsel at NetChoice, one of the internet trade groups that sued over the Texas law, described it as a “constitutional train wreck.”

“We are relieved that the First Amendment, open internet, and the users who rely on it remain protected from Texas’s unconstitutional overreach,” he said.

Two trade groups that represent the social media companies told the high court in an emergency appeal this month that the law would compel the sites to disseminate “all sorts of objectionable viewpoints,” from Russian propaganda about the invasion of Ukraine to posts encouraging children to adopt unhealthy behavior such as eating disorders.

The groups said the law would “transform the Internet” and would leave their platforms “overrun with spam, vitriol, and graphic content.”