Texas Senate Passes Bill Forbidding Social Media Companies from Censoring Residents Over Political Views


The Texas state Senate passed a bill Thursday forbidding social media companies from discriminating against users based on their political viewpoints or locations within the state. Senate Bill 12 would allow Texans who are wrongfully suspended or blocked for religious or political views on a social media platform, such as Facebook and Twitter, to get back on the site, the Washington Examiner reported. It calls for social media companies to be transparent about how they moderate content on their websites, give frequent updates on what content is removed and create an appeals process when a user’s content is removed. The bill would apply to social media companies with at least 100 million monthly viewers, so platforms such as Parler and Gab will not be among those included. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will also be given the ability to sue any social media company that violates the new legislation. State Sen. Bryan Hughes, who authored the bill that was introduced at the beginning of March, announced the approval of the legislation in a statement on Twitter.

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