The law came into force on May 11. It prohibits social networks with more than 50 million monthly active users from blocking members because of their political views, and also obliges them to publicly report on the principles of content moderation.
Lobbying groups NetChoice and the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) filed a lawsuit seeking a suspension of the law shortly after it was signed into law by the Texas governor in September 2021. In December, a district court blocked the law, ruling that it restricted companies’ right to free speech. But the Court of Appeal suspended the blocking.
Texas is a Republican state. Representatives of this party occupy the majority of seats in the Senate and the State House of Representatives. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who signed the bill, is also a member of the Republican Party.
The US Supreme Court consists of nine judges who are appointed by the president for life and can leave office voluntarily or as a result of impeachment due to serious allegations against them. Former US President Donald Trump managed to appoint three judges, which greatly changed the balance in favor of the Republicans: six against three.
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