United States of America: Signing into law of Texas House Bill 20 restricting social media content moderation and user blocking

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Signing into law of Texas House Bill 20 restricting social media content moderation and user blocking

On 9 September 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law House Bill 20. The Bill limits social media companies with more than 50 million users from banning users based on their political views. Furthermore, the companies are required to disclose the guidelines and rules applied when they remove content and have to put in place a complaint and appeals process for the removed content. The act also requires the review and removal of illegal content within 48 hours. Individuals residing in Texas will be able to sue the companies if they are censored based on their political views or the attorney general can bring charges on their behalf. The new law will come into effect three months after the ending of the legislative session.

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Policy Area
Content moderation
Policy Instrument
User speech rights
Regulated Economic Activity
platform intermediary: user-generated content
Implementation Level
subnational
Government Branch
executive
Government Body
central government

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2021-08-05
under deliberation

The Governor Texas House Bill 20 on the safeguard of freedom of speech on social media is introduce…

2021-08-10
under deliberation

On 10 August 2021, House Bill 20 (HB 20) is introduced in the Texas House of Representatives. The B…

2021-08-31
under deliberation

On 31 August 2021, the Texas Senate passed House Bill 20 (HB 20). The Bill limits the ability of so…

2021-09-09
adopted

On 9 September 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law House Bill 20. The Bill limits soci…

2021-12-01
adopted

The Texas House Bill 20 is blocked by an order of the United States District Court for the Western …

2021-12-01
under litigation

The Texas House Bill 20 is blocked by an order of the United States District Court for the Western …

2022-05-11
in force

On 11 May 2022, the U.S. Fifth Circuit of Appeals Court announced a ruling granting Texan District …

2022-05-11
in force

On 11 May 2022, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals announced a ruling granting the Texas Distr…

2022-05-13
under appeal

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2022-05-31
under investigation

On 31 May 2022, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of the emergency application by NetChoice LLC a…

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The businesses, government agencies or individuals affected by this policy or regulatory change.
producer / supplier
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Type Private organisation
Economic activity platform intermediary: user-generated content
Category All

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The detailed activities within the scope of this policy or regulatory change.
user content: any format: hosting (any form)
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User or public reporting requirement
Content takedown prohibition
Complaint mechanism requirement
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The detailed activities within the scope of this policy or regulatory change.

user content: any format: hosting (any form)