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Supreme Court Grapples With Social Media Platforms’ First Amendment Protections In Moderating The Digital “Public Square” — Update

The justices will weigh Texas and Florida laws.

They’ve long lambasted social media practices that limited the reach of certain accounts, while tech companies have denied that they are discriminating against certain types of political speech. The decision by Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to suspend Donald Trump ‘s accounts after the January 6th attack on the Capitol gave fuel to the move to pass the state laws. The Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press argued in a brief that in these cases, Texas and Florida would undermine the First Amendment’s safeguards for editorial independence to commandeer the audiences of a handful of large online platforms that, in their view, make unfair or unwise—or even worse, biased—judgments about the speech that deserves to be shared with their users.”

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