Big Tech: Facebook, Twitter and PLUS are suing Texas law for censorship because it does more harm than good

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4 Ways to Bypass Internet Filtering and Censorship
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Big Tech companies are pursuing a lawsuit against the state of Texas that would violate state policy that focuses on social media censorship. The latest law signed by the governor concerns the Freedom from Censorship Act, which would protect Texans from social media guidelines and restrictions.

Big Tech vs. The State of Texas

Big Tech lawsuit against the State of Texas

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Big Tech companies, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, among other platforms, have now filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas, specifically over the new law.

HB 20, also known as the “Freedom from Censorship Act”, would protect people from having their posts censored or removed by social media companies. Note that this may be anything they post, despite violating rules and regulations, as well as harming other users.

The law focuses on the right of individuals to practice freedom of speech, which is found in the US Constitution and the First Amendment.

The representatives of these Big Techs, including that of the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) and NetChoice, filed a complaint against the State.

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Texas Censorship Freedom Act

4 Ways to Bypass Internet Filtering and Censorship

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According to the Tyler Morning Telegraph, the state of Texas signed the “Freedom from Censorship Act,” and that would prevent social media companies from censoring people on the platform. This was backed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott who made the deal to give Texans more freedom on social media.

The law would allow Texans to post or comment on anything without the repercussions of being deleted or taken down by Facebook and other social media platforms. The law protects them from it, and if social media companies took it down, they would be forced to answer to the law.

Social media under state laws

Social media companies have rules and regulations, including Facebook’s Community Guidelines and Twitter’s Rules, that keep the show running and review people’s posts. Recently, Facebook allowed satirical posts to be posted when they were misinformation or fake news.

In Florida, a recent law Governor Ron DeSantis signed talks about the penalties he would impose on social media for “de-platforming” a politician, despite misusing or violating community guidelines. It would sort of resemble the Texas Censorship Act that was recently passed and gives people the right to express themselves online.

However, like what Big Tech companies have been focusing on, too much freedom would do users more harm than good and could be the reason the platform would spiral out of control.

Moreover, complete freedom would give people the ability to misuse social media platforms to spread bad practices and beliefs that are harmful to society.

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Written by Isaiah Richard

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