The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Texas. On Tuesday, it suspended Texas law restricting the editorial room for the manipulation of social networks, without resolving the thorny issue of provoking supporters of strict content restrictions against policies that provoke “censorship.”
Last September, the governor of Texas enacted legislation to ban users from using social networking sites “on the basis of their political views” in the name of “free speech.”
Officials elected by American conservatism continue to accuse Facebook, YouTube (Google) and Twitter of being “censored” against them and pro-Democrats, although many governors and representatives of both political parties use large platforms to their advantage.
The new law was challenged by a court of law and later came into force by the Court of Appeal. But companies representing technology giants have filed a petition in the Supreme Court, which ruled in their favor on Tuesday that a decision on the merits of the appellate court is pending.
Two opposing clans demanding freedom of expression
Companies ‘claim that the new Texas law interferes with the implementation of their’ editorial judgment ” and insists that such interference violates their right not to ‘spread talk created by others’, Conservative Judge Samuel Alito points out in his explanation.
“In some cases, we recognize the right of companies to refuse to host the expression of others, but in other cases we reject it,” he thinks.
The two conflicting clans all demand freedom of expression, as defined by the First Amendment to the US Constitution, which prohibits government censorship – but not institutions.
A similar law was passed in Florida
Tensions between California groups and Republicans have worsened since Donald Trump was ousted from key bases in early 2021, prompting rioters to occupy Congress in Washington on Jan. 6 and kill five through networks.
Facebook and its rivals are defending themselves from censorship and proposing rules aimed at promoting peaceful exchanges, while many NGOs and Democrats are calling for more hate speech. “Texas law threatens to thwart years of hard work by activists around the world to gain access to social media to take seriously hate, harassment and misinformation,” said the Center for Democracy and Technology.
The Court of Appeals recently ruled that a similar law passed in Florida violates the First Amendment.
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