Content Moderation

09/03/2021

NetChoice Recommends Veto of Texas Social Media Regulation Bill (HB 20)

Steve DelBianco
Steve DelBianco President and CEO
NetChoice Veto Request of Texas HB 20 - Anti-Bias Bill Download

We respectfully ask that you veto HB 20, because it would be enjoined by federal courts for violating the First Amendment of the US Constitution.  And even 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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