U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Texas Law on Social Media Rules

San Francisco, June 1: The US Supreme Court has blocked Texas law prohibiting the removal of posts based on the views expressed by large social media companies. According to the New York Times, a brief court order was unsigned and for no reason. This is often the case when judges act on the basis of urgent applications. This order is not the last word in this case and is pending in the Federal Court of Appeals and may return to the Supreme Court.

The vote was 5 to 4, and there was a rare coalition that disputed. Judge Samuel A. Arito Jr., Judge Clarence Thomas, and Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, the three most conservative members of the court, will uphold the Court of Appeals order that enforced the law, at least for now. I have filed an objection. While the case is moving forward. Liberal Judge Elena Kagan also did not participate in her objection, she did not state her own reasons, but she said she would have upheld the order. Ketanji Brown Jackson becomes the first black female judge in the US Supreme Court.

Judge Arito said the issue was so novel and important that the Supreme Court had to consider them at some point. “This application concerns a very important issue that clearly deserves this court’s review,” he wrote. “Social media platforms have transformed the way people communicate with each other and get news. The problem is the dominant social media companies that form public debates about the key issues of the day. It’s a breakthrough Texas law that deals with power, “he added.

Judge Arito said he was skeptical of the argument that social media companies have editorial discretion protected by the First Amendment, as enjoyed by newspapers and other traditional publishers. rice field.

Proponents of the law said the measure was an attempt to combat what is called Silicon Valley censorship, with major platforms removing posts expressing conservative views. The law has been partially prompted by several platform decisions banning President Donald J. Trump banning attacks on the Capitol since January 6, 2021.

Law HB20 applies to social media platforms with more than 50 million monthly active users, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Law opponents have told the Supreme Court that they haven’t seemed to reach a small platform that appeals to conservatives like Truth Social and Gettr.

(The above story was first published in Latest LY at 11:18 am IST on June 1, 2022. For news and updates on politics, the world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, please visit our website. Please log on to.

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