US tech companies have asked the Supreme Court to block

US tech companies have asked the Supreme Court to block Texas’ social media law – which prohibits banning users for political opinions

Lobby groups representing the interests of Facebook*Twitter, Google and a host of other tech companies have filed an urgent request in the US Supreme Court to overturn a Texas law that prohibits major social media platforms from blocking users based on their political views.

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The law went into effect Wednesday after the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the state’s request and reversed an earlier injunction by a district judge that blocked the law. According to the document, companies operating social networks with more than 50 million users will be stripped of the right to ban users based on their political views; In addition, the law requires public disclosure of how platform administrators moderate content.

The law was signed into law by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a member of the Republican Party, in September last year. NetChoice and the Computer and Communications Industry Association then sued to have the document blocked, and in December Austin, Texas District Judge Robert Pitman issued an injunction. According to the judge, the law violates the constitutional right of social network administrations to freedom of expression, which is guaranteed by the First Amendment.

The authors of the urgent motion have applied to the US Supreme Court “to allow the verified part of motivation to remain in effect [решения] district court at the time of the appeal proceedings”.

* It is included in the list of public associations and religious organizations for which the court made a final decision, activities on the grounds of Federal Law No. 114-FZ of July 25, 2002 “On Combating Extremist Activity”.

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