Texas Asks 5th Circ. To Undo Block Of Social Media Law

By Michelle Casady (March 3, 2022, 4:57 PM EST) -- Texas argued to the Fifth Circuit that a district court wrongly blocked a state law that prohibits social media companies from banning users based on their "viewpoint," arguing the platforms are unlikely to succeed on the merits of their First Amendment claim.

In a brief filed on Wednesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told the court that U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman was wrong in issuing a Dec. 1 preliminary injunction halting the law, known as H.B. 20, from going into effect. Judge Pitman agreed with the trade associations challenging the law — Net Choice LLC and the Computer & Communications Industry...

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