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Federal judge blocks Texas social media law

A federal judge has blocked a law that was set to take effect Thursday in Texas that would prohibit large social media platforms from censoring users based on their viewpoints.

U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman for the Western District of Texas granted a preliminary injunction requested by two trade associations whose members operate major social media platforms that would be affected by the law.

In his order Wednesday, he wrote that “social media platforms have a First Amendment right to moderate content disseminated on their platforms,” adding that they are privately owned platforms, not public forums or “common carriers.”

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