Want to regulate social media? The U.S. First Amendment may stand in the way.

Texas, Florida and other Republican-led states are passing laws that prohibit tech companies from “censoring” users — laws that Republican leaders say are meant to protect their constituents’ rights to free speech.

In the view of the tech companies, however, it’s those Republican lawmakers who are actually censoring. And the victims are not the everyday users of their social networks, but the companies themselves.

To continue reading this Washington Post report, go to:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2022/05/30/first-amendment-social-media-regulation/

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https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/01/technology/supreme-court-social-media.html

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Supreme Court temporarily blocks Texas’s social media moderation law
The Supreme Court of the United States temporarily blocked a sweeping Texas law on Tuesday that restricts the ability of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to moderate content on their platforms. By a 5-4 vote, the justices granted an emergency request from the tech industry to block a lower court order that would have allowed the law to take hold, pending legal challenges.
https://edition.cnn.com/2022/05/31/tech/supreme-court-texas-social-media-ruling/index.html

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