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 September 18, 2022

Appeals court upholds Texas law that prohibits banning of social media users

Texas proved once again why alongside Florida and a handful of other red states, the First Amendment is serious business.

According to The Hill, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of upholding a controversial Texas law that prohibits social media companies from removing users or any speech they post that they claim violates the company's terms of service.

The ruling came in the wake of an earlier ruling this year from the Supreme Court that sided with social media companies.

The Hill explained:

The court had previously lifted an injunction in place as the case was being weighed, but tech industry groups and civil society groups joined forces in urging the Supreme Court to take action to temporarily block the case again as it made its way forward. The Supreme Court issued a rare 5-4 decision to put the block back on the law in May.

In the court's decision, it noted why it reversed the ruling.

"Today we reject the idea that corporations have a freewheeling First Amendment right to censor what people say. Because the district court held otherwise, we reverse its injunction and remand for further proceedings," the decision read.

However, the case could end up back in the Supreme Court, where it would be argued on its merits.

Critics of the bill slammed the court's decision. CCIA President Matt Schruers said the ruling allows "foreign propaganda and extremism," to be "on equal footing with decent Internet users."

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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