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Tech giants ask US Supreme Court to block new Texas social media law

The Texas law took effect on May 11 when the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the law the state’s request to overturn a district judge’s injunction.

The law prohibits social media companies with more than 50 million active users per month from banning members based on their political views.

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  • Last Update:14 May 2022, 10:46 IST
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Lobbying groups representing Facebook, Twitter, Google and other tech companies filed an emergency request in the US Supreme Court on Friday, seeking to block a Texas law that allows large social media platforms to allow users to share their political views. prohibited on the basis of The Texas law took effect Wednesday when the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals approved the state’s request to overturn a district judge’s injunction blocking the law.

The law prohibits social media companies with more than 50 million active users per month from banning members based on their political views and requires them to publicly disclose how they moderate content. It was signed into law in September by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican.

Internet lobbying group NetChoice and the Computer and Communications Industry Association filed suit against the measure, and US District Judge Robert Pittman in Austin, Texas, issued a preliminary injunction in December. Pittman found that the law would harm social media companies’ rights to freedom of speech under the First Amendment to the US Constitution.

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The technical groups, in their emergency request, asked the Supreme Court to “allow the District Court’s careful argument to remain in effect while a systematic appeals process goes on.”

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