Tech Groups Ask Judge Alito to Uphold Texas Social Media Law

Arms industry: NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association represent a wide range of technology companies, including Facebook, Twitter and Google. Chris Marchese, an attorney for NetChoice, said in a statement that the Texas law violates the First Amendment because it prohibits private companies “from making constitutionally protected editorial decisions and requires them to publish and promote objectionable content.”

Elections, Elections: Under the law, HB 20Social media companies are required to issue reports every six months explaining how many posts they’ve removed, deprioritized, demonetized, or suspended, and why. It also requires social media platforms to “provide an easily accessible complaints system.” It also allows both the state of Texas and individuals to sue companies that violate the law by “censoring” users. People will be able to seek damages of up to $25,000 for each day their messages are “unlawfully impeded.”

whose speech: Matthew Schruers, president of the CCIA, in a statement characterized Wednesday’s appeals court decision as “highly unorthodox.” in a series of tweets about On Thursday, the CCIA said the government “cannot force private companies like newspapers or online platforms to publish speeches, any more than it can force you or me to speak against our will.”

The Texas attorney general’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Marchese said the law would force social media companies to spread “foreign propaganda, pornography, pro-Nazi speech and spam.”

Whats Next: Alito has the option to unilaterally issue an emergency stay, or refer the matter to the full court. The lawsuit is still pending before the appeals court, which has not yet ruled on the merits of the case.

The question before Alito is whether the Texas law will remain in effect until that appeal is decided or whether the December injunction against the law will be allowed to stand until the 5th Circuit issues a decision.

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