Court Blocks the Implementation of Texas’ Social Media Law
According to a report by Christina Maas Reclaim the Net, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently blocked Texas’ social media law from going into effect.
This law specifically bans social media platforms with over 50 million users from taking down content or removing users for expressing political views. The order can be found here.
The law prohibits social media platforms with more than 50 million users from removing content or users for expressing political views.
When Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed this bill into law in 2021, he proclaimed that this bill has the aim of taking on Big Tech platforms who try to “silence conservative viewpoints.”
Several industry groups that represented social media companies challenged the law. In September, the Fifth Circuit upheld the law, contending that it rejects “the idea that corporations have a freewheeling First Amendment right to censor what people say.”
On October 12, 2022, the court agreed to a request made by NetChoice and the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) to prevent the law from going into effect until the Supreme Court rules on the case.
“This ruling means Texas’s unconstitutional law will not be in force as the issue of government-compelled dissemination of speech makes its way to the Supreme Court. We are confident these laws will not stand,” CCIA President Matt Schruers declared in a statement.The court system is as pro corporate as it gets. It will do whatever it can to uphold the interests of post-national corporations at the expense of Middle America. If the Texas state government had the stones, it would ignore the federal court’s ruling and continue enforcing the law.
States need to grow a pair and start resisting federal institutions that work against Middle American interests.