Lobbying groups representing Facebook, Twitter, Google and other tech companies filed an urgent petition in the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday seeking to block Texas law banning large social media platforms from banning users based on their political views.
The Texas law went into effect Wednesday, and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals approved the state’s request for a stay on the district judge’s injunction.
The law prohibits social media companies with more than 50 million active users per month from banning members based on their political views and is required to publicly disclose how they moderate content.
It was signed in September by Texas Governor Greg Abbott of the Republican Party.
Internet lobbying groups NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association have filed a lawsuit against the move, and U.S. District Judge Robert Pittman of Austin, Texas, issued a preliminary injunction in December.
Pittman found that the law would harm the free speech rights of social media companies under the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
The technical groups, in their urgent request, asked the Supreme Court to “allow the careful reasoning of the District Court to be in effect while a systematic appeal process is taking place.”
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