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Tech trade groups sue to block Texas’s social media law

Two tech trade groups, NetChoice and CCIA, filed a lawsuit Wednesday to block a Texas law governing social media platforms’ ability to moderate content. The law, which Gov. Greg Abbott signed earlier this month, forces tech platforms to carry certain types of speech that they would otherwise prohibit — a violation of the First Amendment, the groups argue.

In a statement, NetChoice CEO Steve DelBianco said the law, called HB 20, “threaten[s] the safety of users, creators, and businesses.”

“No American should ever be forced to navigate through harmful and offensive images, videos and posts,” Delbianco said.

The law has quickly drawn comparisons to a similar law adopted in Florida by Gov. Ron DeSantis, which was almost immediately blocked by the courts. “Given that Florida’s similar law has been enjoined because of constitutional violations, Texas should repeal this flawed attempt to force private businesses to host political speech against their will,” DelBianco said.