Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill Thursday prohibiting social media sites from suppressing conservative political standpoints.
Under the new legislation, Texans will be given equal opportunity to express their political views on various social media outlets.
“In Texas, we will always fight to defend your freedom of speech,” Abbott mentioned in a tweet.
House Bill 20 stipulates that users are protected from social media platforms that block them “simply based on their political viewpoints.”
Therefore, Texas residents have the right to use the legal system to get their accounts reactivated if these companies blocked them. The bill targets platforms with more than 50 million monthly users.
Also, it demands them to disclose “content management and moderation policies,” where they are required to establish a “complaint and appeals process for the content they remove, providing a reason for the removal and a review of their decision” in 48 hours.
“It is now law that conservative viewpoints in Texas cannot be banned on social media,” Abbott stated after signing the bill.
The Texas governor pointed out the importance of websites in the technological age. “Social media websites have become our modern-day public square,” he stated.
According to him, social media platforms are meant for public discussions: “They are a place for healthy public debate where information should be able to flow freely – but there is a dangerous movement by social media companies to silence conservative viewpoints and ideas.”
Abbott strongly claimed that such conduct would not be tolerated in his state. “That is wrong, and we will not allow it in Texas,” he said.
House Bill 20 comes after former President Donald Trump’s banning from Facebook and Twitter following his supporters’ attacks on the U.S. Capitol in January to prevent Joe Biden from taking over the post.
U.S. states such as North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Utah are now considering it for implementation.
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