The state of Texas has finally passed HB 20 in early September, this law prohibits social media companies with up to 50 million active users from banning or censoring users’ views on political matters. The rights of citizens have been restricted enough by social media platforms now texas has put a stop to it in their state.
This law also states that social media platforms should disclose how they moderate political content and also evaluate reports of illegal content within 48 hours.
HB 20 law only applies to social media platforms with over 50 million users, and any violation of the law will attract severe consequences from the attorney general.
Texas to soon pass a law banning social media from censoring political content
Both the Texas House and the Senate has approved a bill this week banning social media platform like Facebook from being able to moderate political content. This bill has been sent to the governor of Texas state after being signed by the senate. This means that the state of Texas is one step closer to its goals.
When this bill is finally passed after all the process necessary for it to be passed is completed it would make it unlawful for social media companies to censor content from users based on their political views and their geographic location. This ban will affect social media giants with over 50 million users such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter from banning, de-platforming, demonetizing, or removing user’s posts. They will have no choice but to allow users to post whatever political view they have on politics.
Florida and Texas are now the two states that are pushing for the alleged social media censorship of conversation to be stopped. What is left now is for when Abbott to sign the bill. However, Florida’s similar bill was blocked by a US district judge which made it not to see the light of Day. We think this might also be blocked however we will keep monitoring the situation.