The Supreme Court has blocked a Texas Law banning social media companies from blocking content based on its viewpoint, NBC reports.
Governor Greg Abbott had stated that the law was a direct response to “a dangerous movement by social media companies to silence conservative viewpoints and ideas.”
The Supreme Court disagreed.
Justice Samuel Alito was asked to block the law by two big tech trade groups and he did just that.
The websites could not comply with the law “without irreversibly transforming their worldwide online platforms to disseminate harmful, offensive, extremist, and disturbing content,” they said, because the regulation would prohibit companies from enforcing their hate-speech policies.
Two trade groups, NetChoice and the Computer and Communications Industry Association, filed a lawsuit to challenge the Texas law. A federal district court judge issued an injunction blocking its enforcement, but that order was lifted by the U.S. Court of the Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Texas argued that they had compelling interests in ensuring the widespread free exchange of idea within the state.