Lobbying groups representing Facebook, Twitter, Google and other tech companies filed an emergency request in the US Supreme Court on Friday, seeking to block a Texas law that allows large social media platforms to allow users to share their political views. prohibited on the basis of
The Texas law went into effect Wednesday when the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the law the state’s request to overturn a district judge’s injunction.
The law prohibits social media companies with more than 50 million active users per month from banning members based on their political views and requires them to publicly disclose how they moderate content.
It was signed into law in September by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican.
Internet lobbying group NetChoice and the Computer and Communications Industry Association filed suit against the measure, and US District Judge Robert Pittman in Austin, Texas, issued a preliminary injunction in December.
Pittman found that the law would harm social media companies’ rights to freedom of speech under the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
The technical groups, in their emergency request, asked the Supreme Court to “allow the District Court’s careful argument to remain in effect while a systematic appellate process goes on.”
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