A federal appeals court on Wednesday paused enforcement of a Texas law that restricted the ability of social media outlets to censor user content, pending review by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Wednesday’s order by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the mandate issued last month, which upheld the law restricting the ability of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to moderate content on their platforms.
Texas House Bill 20 (HB 20), which relates “to censorship of or certain other interference with digital expression, including expression on social media platforms or through electronic mail messages,” passed on Sept. 9, 2021, and was set to take effect on Dec. 2, 2021.
According to Politico, HB 20 “would allow both the state of Texas and individual Texans to sue companies if they ‘censor’ an individual based on their viewpoints or their geographic location by banning them or blocking, removing or otherwise discriminating against their posts.”