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The US Circuit Court of Appeals reinstates Texas law that bans social media from moderating content based on political opinions

The United States Court of Appeals upheld a law passed in Texas the previous day that bans social network administrations from moderating users’ posts based on political views and banning users themselves for similar reasons. The administrations of social networks warn that the presence of dangerous content on the platforms could increase.

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The unanimous decision by the three judges of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans leaves the country’s Supreme Court an opportunity to decide the fate of the law, which its authors and supporters say is necessary for the tech giants to stop oppressing the Expression of political views of some users on the platforms.

The document was passed by the Texas Legislature and signed by the governor last September. After that, their action was repeatedly suspended and resumed by decisions of courts of various instances. Opponents were the human rights organization NetChoice and the Computer and Communications Industry Association, to which Facebook also belongs.*, Twitter and YouTube. They strive to retain the right to moderate content at their own discretion where, in the opinion of the platform administrators, User Contributions may lead to expressions of violence. They are sure that the law will loosen the hands of extremists: Nazis, terrorists and governments of countries hostile to the United States.

Texas law prohibits social media administrators with more than 50 million monthly active users from censoring users based on their point of view and allows social media users or the Attorney General to enforce it. In May, the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta blocked a similar law in Florida on the grounds that it violated social media owners’ right to free speech. Since the decisions of the fifth and eleventh courts contradict each other, the losers in the latter case have cause to appeal to the US Supreme Court.

* It is included in the list of public associations and religious organizations for which the court made a final decision to liquidate or ban activities on the grounds provided for in Federal Law No. 114-FZ of July 25. 2002 “On Countering Extremist Activities”.

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