Lobby groups representing Facebook, Twitter, Google and other tech companies filed an emergency motion in the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to block a Texas law that prohibits major social media platforms from banning users based on their political views.
The Texas law went into effect Wednesday when the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the state’s motion to stay a district judge’s injunction blocking the law.
The law bans social media companies with more than 50 million monthly active users from banning members based on their political views and requires them to publicly disclose how they moderate content.
It was signed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, in September.
Internet lobby groups NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed suits challenging the measure, and US District Judge Robert Pitman in Austin, Texas, issued an injunction in December.
Pitman had determined that the law would interfere with social media companies’ right to free speech under the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
The tech groups, in their emergency motion, asked the Supreme Court to “allow the circuit court’s careful reasoning to remain in effect while an orderly appeals process unfolds.”
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