TEXAS: Social media platforms won’t be able to ban anyone in Texas “based on their political viewpoints”. From now on it would be illegal if any social media platform bans users due to their political viewpoint.
We have seen former US president Donal Trump getting banned on social media platforms Facebook and Twitter when a mob of his supporters attacked the Capitol building this year in January. Facebook and Twitter have been time to time accused by Prominent Republic politicians for banning or censoring users and posts displaying conservative views.
All these social media platforms have always denied blocking or censoring conservative views. But they do enforce guidelines prohibiting content that can incite violence or promote hate.
As per the new law social media platforms having more than 50 million users can not ban people based on their political views, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube all fall within this law’s scope.
After signing the bill into law on Thursday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said “Social media websites have become our modern-day public square”. “They are a place for healthy public debate where information should be able to flow freely.”But there is a dangerous move by social media companies to silence conservative viewpoints and ideas.”
“This bill abandons conservative values, violates the First Amendment, and forces websites to host obscene, anti-semitic, racist, hateful, and otherwise awful content,” said Steve DelBianco, president of NetChoice trade association.
“Moderation of user posts is crucial to keeping the internet safe for Texas families, but this bill would put the Texas government in charge of content policies.”
The law may face legal challenges before it comes in December. A similar law was passed by Florida in May this year. Some segments were discarded by a federal judge in a ruling saying that it infringes with the First Amendment right to free speech.
Texas seems to be on a spree of passing controversial laws, first the Abortion ban law and now this.