While the rest of the country seems to lose its mind to panic and liberalism run amok, Texas stands alone as a bastion of common sense and freedom. A new proposed law will only add to that reputation.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign a bill that allows people banned from Big Tech platforms for their political views to litigate against the companies, CNET reported. The state’s legislature already passed the measure that’s similar to the proposed bill in Florida.
Both the Florida and Texas legislation came about because former President Donald Trump was banned from Facebook and Twitter following the incursion at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The measure in Florida was blocked by a federal judge just one day before it was set to go into effect last June, however.
The Lone Star state law was passed in the waning days of the special session Abbott had called for this summer. The state’s attorney general has already promised to sue on behalf of any organization or individual in Texas who was banned for their political views, according to USA Today.
Republicans see these kinds of laws as a win for the First Amendment. Many believe that social media and other platforms censor conservative voices, though the Big Tech companies insist they are only interested in banning dangerous or hateful speech.
Democrats and other advocates claim that this law would actually squelch the free speech rights of private companies. They contend that these companies, not government, should decide what views are on these platforms.
“By ignoring the First Amendment, the Texas Legislature has chosen to abandon its own conservative and constitutional values in order to put the government in control of speech online,” Carl Szabo, vice president and general counsel of the trade association, NetChoice, told the news outlet. These organizations have promised to challenge the Texas laws and others like it.
However, it’s abundantly clear that Big Tech is trying to silence voices on the right and tamp down any healthy skepticism about medical information. The role of government is to step in when parties are being unfairly discriminated against, and that’s exactly what’s happening to voices on the right.