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Texas Law Against Facebook, Twitter Moderation Clears Hurdle

  • Social media companies say the law will let hate speech spread
  • Texas Republicans passed the law after Trump social media ban
The Texas State Capitol building in Austin, Texas.

The Texas State Capitol building in Austin, Texas.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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A federal appeals court removed a legal hurdle to a new Texas law that social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook say will block them from moderating content to root out hate speech and extremism.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday put on hold a temporary injunction against key parts of the law that a lower-court judge issued in December. That means the law will no longer be blocked while a suit by a pair of trade groups for companies like Twitter Inc., Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google works its way through the courts.