A federal judge has dealt a blow to a law in Texas that holds social media giants accountable for inappropriately censoring conservatives.
The measure, H.B. 20, was signed into law by GOP Gov. Greg Abbott Sept. 9 and was set to take effect Thursday, the Houston Chronicle reported. Had the measure gone into effect, it “would prevent social media companies with more than 50 million monthly users from banning individuals based on their political viewpoints,” The Blaze reported.
But, as the Chronicle noted:
U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman wrote in his ruling that the measure interferes with platforms’ First Amendment right to moderate content disseminated on their platforms. Pitman called content moderation “the very tool that social media platforms employ to make their platforms safe, useful, and enjoyable for users.”