The Supreme Court docket blocked a Texas social media legislation that prohibited main platforms like Fb and YouTube from limiting content material based mostly on viewpoint.
The legislation was championed by the state’s governor, Greg Abbott, as a response to alleged bias by main platforms towards conservatives.
However in a 5-4 resolution (learn it right here), the justices have put not less than a brief maintain on the legislation till appeals are pursued and courts can look at the case on the deserves. Justice Elena Kagan joined conservatives Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch in dissent.
Chris Marchese, counsel at NetChoice, which introduced the case on behalf of social media platforms, stated in an announcement, “Texas’s HB 20 is a constitutional trainwreck—or, because the district courtroom put it, an instance of ‘burning the home to roast the pig. We’re relieved that the First Modification, open web, and the customers who depend on it stay shielded from Texas’s unconstitutional overreach.” The Pc & Communications Business Affiliation additionally challenged the legislation.
In his dissent, Alito wrote, “Whereas I can perceive the Court docket’s obvious want to delay enforcement of HB20 whereas the attraction is pending, the preliminary injunction entered by the District Court docket was itself a big intrusion on state sovereignty, and Texas shouldn’t be required to hunt preclearance from the federal courts earlier than its legal guidelines go into impact.”
Final week, an appellate courtroom put an analogous legislation on maintain in Florida, ruling that it was “considerably doubtless” that it violated the First Modification.