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How will a recent court ruling impact social media content moderation?
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    Appeals court lets Texas enforce, for now, social media law sought by conservatives.
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    The Texas law lets users sue if they are blocked from posting on a large platform or if their posts are removed. Tech industry groups argued that HB 20 would open social media platforms to countless lawsuits, upending their ability to enforce content moderation policies and protect users from abusive posts, scams or falsehoods.
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    The law was blocked from taking effect in December by a district judge. The one-sentence order [reversing the block] by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came with no explanation. The court has yet to rule on the law's constitutionality. Texas argues that the large platforms are "common carrier" public forums, subjecting them to state regulation to ensure unobstructed access without fear of viewpoint discrimination.
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    "Texas’s law compels social media companies to publish speech they don’t want to," [said a senior attorney for the Knight First Amendment Institute], adding that the legal theories pushed by Texas would "give government broad power to censor and distort public discourse."
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