Lobby groups representing Facebook’s interests*Twitter, Google, as well as other tech companies, have requested urgently that the US Supreme Court overturn a Texas law prohibiting major social media platforms and users from being blocked based on political views.
The law came into effect Wednesday following the Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals granted state’s motion. It overturned an earlier injunction from a district judge that had blocked the law. The document states that social network companies with over 50 million users are not allowed to block them based on political views. It also requires that the public be made aware of how the platform administrations manage content.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the law. Greg Abbott, who is a Republican Party member, signed this law into law in September 2017. NetChoice and Computer and Communications Industry Association sued to block it. A preliminary injunction was issued by Robert Pitman, Austin District Judge. The judge stated that the law violates social network administrations’ constitutional rights to freedom of speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment.
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* It is listed in the “List of Public Associations and Religious Organizations” for which the court has taken a final decision to ban or liquidate activities on the grounds set forth in Federal Law No. 114-FZ of July 25, 2002 “On countering extremist activity”.