Leading tech companies including: Twitter Inc. (TWRT), Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) and Meta Platforms Inc. (FB) among others have filed an emergency request with the United States Supreme Court requesting the court to block a Texas law which bars large social media platforms from banning users based on their political views.
The Texas law came into effect last week after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the state’s request for a stay of a district judge’s injunction blocking the law.
The law in question prohibits social media companies with over 50 million active users per month from banning members based on their political views, additionally, the law also requires the social media company to publicly reveal how they moderate content on their platforms.
This amendment was signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott (Republican), back in September last year. The tech giants are asking the Supreme court to ‘allow the District Court’s careful reasoning to remain in effect while an orderly appellate process plays out.’
In recent times, the freedom of free speech across social media platforms has been a matter of huge concern. Billionaire Elon Musk, is purchasing widely used social media platform Twitter for $44 billion in efforts to champion for free speech across the platform.