The United States Supreme Court blocked Texas’s controversial social media law on Tuesday. The SC decision comes after the tech industry and other opposing parties warned that the law could allow hateful content to be spread rampantly online.
The law, HB 20, prohibits social media and other tech platforms from removing or curbing content based on the viewpoint expressed in the user’s expression. It was designed with conservative claims of the tech industry’s liberal ideological bias in mind. The law aims to give Texans the right to say whatever they want on online platforms without the fear of getting banned.
HB 20 was passed in September last year, but since then it has been challenged by the tech platforms in the courts. The SC ruling isn’t the final word on the law, as it has to face two more lawsuits from tech industry groups.