Texas is close to creating a law that would allow the Lone Star state’s residents to sue Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or other social media companies if they’ve been banned from the platforms for their political views. The bill has passed the state’s legislature. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign it, according to USA Today.
It’s similar to athat was blocked by a federal judge in June one day before it took effect. US District Judge Robert Hinkle said the law was too broadly written and found that promoting one viewpoint while restricting another isn’t a legitimate state interest.
The bills surfaced after the high-profile banning of President Donald Trump onand after the deadly Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill. Some conservatives argue that the social media companies censor content for ideological reasons — a claim repeatedly denied by the companies.
Neither Facebook, Twitter nor YouTube immediately responded to requests for comment.