The Texas law came into force on May 11, when the 5th U.S. District Court of Appeals granted the state’s request to suspend the district judge’s injunction to block the law.
The law prohibits social media companies with more than 50 million active users per month from banning participants based on their political views.
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Lobby groups representing Facebook, Twitter, Google and other technology companies filed an emergency request with the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday in a bid to block Texas law that bans large social media platforms from banning users based on their political views. The Texas law went into effect on Wednesday when the 5th U.S. District Court of Appeals granted a state request to suspend a district judge’s injunction to block the law.
The law prohibits social media companies with more than 50 million active users a month from banning members based on their political views and requires them to publicly disclose how they moderate content. In September, it was signed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican.
Online lobby groups NetChoice and the Association for the Computer and Communications Industry have filed a lawsuit against the measure, and U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman in Austin, Texas, issued a preliminary ban in December. Pitman found that the law would violate the right to freedom of speech of social media companies under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
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The technical groups in their emergency request asked the Supreme Court “to allow the careful reasoning of the district court to remain in force while the orderly appeal process is underway.”
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