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Texas Gov. Abbott joins anti-censorship push against social media giants

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 24: Texas Governor Greg Abbott participates in a news briefing outside the West Wing after an Oval Office announcement with President Trump March 24, 2017 at the White House in Washington, DC. Charter Communications announced that the company is opening a call center in McAllen, Texas, creating 600 jobs. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 24: Texas Governor Greg Abbott participates in a news briefing outside the West Wing after an Oval Office announcement with President Trump March 24, 2017 at the White House in Washington, DC. Charter Communications announced that the company is opening a call center in McAllen, Texas, creating 600 jobs. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 24: Texas Governor Greg Abbott is shown on March 24, 2017 at the White House in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 4:36 PM PT – Friday, March 5, 2021

Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) is joining a GOP-led charge in his state against Big Tech censorship. At a press conference on Friday, Abbott said Republicans are “taking a stand” with legislation that would prohibit political censorship online.

Abbott met with State Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Texas) to discuss the bill, which would help prevent social media companies from censoring Texans based on their viewpoints. It would also enable Texans whose accounts have been restricted to file lawsuits against the platforms.

“The United States of America was built on freedom of speech and healthy public debate. Big Tech’s efforts to silence conservative viewpoints is un-American, un-Texan and it is unacceptable,” Abbott stated. “Pretty soon, it is going to be against the law in the state of Texas.”

The bill could face legal hurdles due to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which gives protections to social media platforms.

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