Texas Gov. Abbott joins anti-censorship push against social media giants
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.
Friday, March 5, Tyler, TX, Gov. Greg Abbott and Senator Bryan Hughes will hold a press conference to discuss SB-12, prohibiting social media companies from censoring #Texans based on their viewpoints. @SenBryanHughes @GovAbbott pic.twitter.com/EuHvrr0Esl
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“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.