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Texas sued over social media ‘censorship’ law

On Sept. 22, NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed suit against Attorney General Ken Paxton in the Western District of Texas, seeking to declare House Bill 20 unlawful.

The trade associations suing Texas argue their members have First Amendment rights to engage in their own speech and to exercise editorial discretion over the speech published on their websites and applications.

“At a minimum, H.B. 20 would unconstitutionally require platforms like YouTube and Facebook to disseminate, for example, pro-Nazi speech, terrorist propaganda, foreign government disinformation, and medical misinformation,” the suit states.

“In fact, legislators rejected amendments that would explicitly allow platforms to exclude vaccine misinformation, terrorist content, and Holocaust denial.”