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Texas Wants to Ban Facebook and Twitter ... From Banning

Texas Wants to Ban Facebook and Twitter ... From Banning

Greg Abbott prepares to deliver his State of the State speech on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Lockhart, Texas. (Bob Daemmrich/Pool Photo via AP)The state that wants to deregulate everything wants to tell Facebook and Twitter how to run their platforms. Though Republican lawmakers generally claim to take a hands-off approach to the way businesses operate, social media is another thing entirely. But it’s far from clear that the Texas law, if passed, would actually result in the impact that Abbott and Texas Republicans seek. “From a First Amendment perspective, social media companies are private actors and aren't subject to the First Amendment,” University of Texas law professor Scot Powe told the Texas Tribune earlier this year.

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