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08/23/2021

NetChoice opposition to Texas HB 20, regulating social media businesses

Steve DelBianco
Steve DelBianco President and CEO
NetChoice opposition to Texas HB 20, regulating social media businesses Download

We respectfully ask that you not pass HB 20, primarily because it would be enjoined by federal courts for violating the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

But if HB 20 were to somehow be enforceable, it would produce consequences its sponsors and conservatives would abhor:

  • Expose social media platforms to lawsuits for removing harmful content.
  • Make it more difficult for social media platforms to block SPAM messages.
  • Violate conservative principles of limited government and free markets.

In the attached, we explain why HB 20 would be set aside for violating the First Amendment.

Then, we describe the unintended but likely consequences if the law were to survive constitutional challenges.

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