The Texas Senate last week approved a bill that would allow the state attorney general to sue social media platforms over charges of blocking users or erasing posts because of their content, the Austin American-Statesman reported

Senate Bill 2373 was inspired by claims from conservatives and conservative groups of discriminatory treatment, according to Sen. Bryan Hughes, the Republican author of the bill, the paper reported.

The proposed legislation would apply to social media firms that say they’re impartial.

“If you hold yourself out as being an open forum and that you don’t discriminate based on viewpoint, then you have to keep your word,” Hughes said.

The Senate voted 18-12 to send SB 2373 to the Texas House of Representatives.

According to the bill, a social media firm could not be penalized for restricting content it “reasonably considers to be obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable,” the paper reported.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.