Texas Governor Signs Law Preventing Social Media Companies from Banning People for Their Views

Gov. Greg Abbott signs law
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by Ailan Evans

 

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law Thursday preventing social media companies from banning users for their political views.

The law, known as HB 20, prohibits social media platforms from banning or suspending users, and removing or suppressing their content, based on political viewpoint. The bill was introduced by state Sen. Bryan Hughes partly in an effort to combat perceived censorship of conservatives by Facebook, Twitter, Google-owned YouTube, and other major tech companies.

“Social media websites have become our modern-day public square,” Abbott said in a statement. “They are a place for healthy public debate where information should be able to flow freely — but there is a dangerous movement by social media companies to silence conservative viewpoints and ideas.”

The legislation permits users who can prove they were censored over their views to sue social media companies, and also allows the state attorney general to sue on censored users’ behalf. Social media platforms must provide a complaint system for users whose content was removed, and notify users when moderating certain content.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a similar bill in May that imposed fines on social media companies for deplatforming political candidates. The law was ultimately struck down in federal court, with the judge ruling the law violated the First Amendment rights of social media platforms.

The Texas law requires platforms to publicly disclose their content moderation and content ranking policies, and publish transparency reports on how they remove certain types of content. Email platforms are also targeted, with a provision in the law preventing email providers from stopping the sending of a message due to its content, with exceptions for content that is illegal or obscene.

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Ailan Evans is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.
Photo “Gov. Abbott signs HB 20” by Greg Abbott.

 

 

 

 


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3 Thoughts to “Texas Governor Signs Law Preventing Social Media Companies from Banning People for Their Views”

  1. Ralph

    Pointless and petty. These companies have ways around every law. We wouldn’t even understand their descriptions of how and why they censor people. Even conservative websites like WND and Breitbart censor conservatives, and will not tell you why.

    These companies need to be made public and regulated,,, but who has the time or money to do it? It’s not worth it. Bring back Trump or DeSantis and redefine public utilities to put the Tech punks out of business.

  2. Kitty Lenoir

    Wish we had a real leader in Tennessee. Come on state legislature – you’re not bright red for nothing. Stand up to tech tyrants and Governor Lee step up, you’re such a disappointment.

  3. 83ragtop50

    Can’t you just see Lee, the missing-in-action AG Slatery or the weak-kneed legislators doing something worthwhile like this? Neither can I!

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