UPDATED 5:05 PM PT – Friday, September 10, 2021
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) went after social media companies who have banned users with conservative views. On Thursday, the governor signed a bill to forbid social media companies with more than 50 million monthly users to ban content based on their political stances.
The law has directed social media sites to issue a complaint on any potentially violating or illegal content and give reason for why such content was removed. This would offer individuals and state attorneys the right to file lawsuits if they felt they were wrongfully banned from such platforms.
“Freedom of speech is under attack in Texas. There is a dangerous movement by some social media companies to silence conservative ideas and values,” Abbott asserted. “This is wrong and we will not allow it in Texas. Today, I’m about to sign a law that fights against Big Tech political censorship. ”
Conservative viewpoints will NOT be censored on social media in Texas.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) September 10, 2021
Abbott went on to assure Texans, he would always fight for freedom of speech.