In SummaryTexas Governor Greg Abbott has signed a “censorship” bill into law which will prohibit companies from banning users.
Governor Greg Abbott has signed into law a bill that will work to prohibit social media companies from banning users or nixed posts based on political perspectives.
The law requires social media companies with more than 50 million monthly users to disclose their content moderation policies and institute an appeals process, according to CBS News.
“We will always defend the freedom of speech in Texas, which is why I am proud to sign House Bill 20 into law to protect First Amendment Rights in the Lone Star State,” Abbott said in a statement.
“Social media websites have become our modern-day public square. 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. That is wrong, and we will not allow it in Texas.”
Users may sue the social media platforms to get their accounts bac, along with the Texas Attorney General who would be eligible to file suits on the user’s behalf. Companies like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube would be impacted.
Democrats are also attempting to challenge social media companies. The White House has pushed Facebook to work more quickly to eliminate COVID-19 disinformation.