Texas social media law reaches Supreme Court

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Social media has become a ubiquitous tool for information and entertainment. The impact of social media on news, social media and politics is widely recognized. However, major social media sites have an ongoing problem with political misinformation and extreme political views from both left and right. They do not want to become tools of social propaganda or inundate individuals with widely accepted lies. For this reason, all major social media sites that rely on user-generated content impose usage standards, review user posts, and impose editorial restrictions. The Supreme Court recently considered a case from Texas regarding the restriction of editorial discretion on social media sites. The court’s summary action was preceded by a detailed history of general interest.

The standards and restrictions used by major social media sites impact many groups. But some political leaders have publicly expressed concern about being targeted because of their expressed views. This has been summed up as the “liberal bias” of Silicon Valley executives. In 2021, the Texas Legislature took action to counter this perceived bias. In support of Texas legislation restricting social media, Texas State Senator Bryan Hughes said Texas should pass legislation to control social media to “enable Texans to participate in the censorship-free virtual plaza of Silicon Valley”. Twitter, Mar 5, 2021, 10:48 p.m.

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