Republicans who are fighting social media companies’ censorship policies scored a major win last Friday in a federal court in Texas.
The case pertains to Texas law HB20 which prohibits the likes of Twitter and Facebook from discriminating against users based on their speech. The social media companies sued Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, claiming that HB20 violated their First Amendment rights. On Friday, a court rejected that claim. This means that Texas can now enforce HB20, which means lawsuits are coming.
HB20 gives Texans the right to sue social media companies if they have been censored, deplatformed, demonetized or down-ranked based on their content. Social media companies have readily admitted that they do this to conservative users so they will now have to answer for it.
Tech companies had argued that HB20 would prevent them from censoring illegal content but HB20 does not give users the right to post content that is prurient, harassing or illegal.
This is not the last we’ve heard of this battle. Tech companies have signaled that they will take this fight all the way to the Supreme Court.