Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) said he will sign a bill that would ban social media sites from censoring Texans’ speech online.
“We see that the First Amendment is under assault by these social media companies, and that is not going to be tolerated in Texas,” Abbott said at a press conference with State Senator Bryan Hughes (R) on Friday.
“These are the areas that used to be the courthouse square where people would come and talk,” said Abbott. “Now, people are going to Facebook and Twitter to talk about their political ideas, and what Facebook and Twitter are doing — they are controlling the flow of information, and sometimes denying the flow of information.”
“Texas is taking a stand against big tech political censorship. We are not going to allow it in the Lone Star state,” Governor Abbott affirmed.
Texans would be able to sue the platforms if they were “canceled or censored or de-platformed,” Abbott said. “Big tech’s efforts to silence conservative viewpoints is un-American, un-Texan, and it is unacceptable. And pretty soon, it’s going to be against the law in the state of Texas.”
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