How much can states regulate social media? The Supreme Court hears cases for and against

Can states limit how social media companies can moderate content? That’s once again up for consideration in the U.S. Supreme Court.

On Monday, the nation’s high court spent hours hearing oral arguments regarding state laws in Florida and Texas, which passed in 2021 after former president Donald Trump was kicked off major social platforms in the aftermath of the Capitol attack on Jan. 6. In 2022, both state laws were challenged by NetChoice — a tech industry group representing giants including Google, Meta, TikTok and Snap. Lawyers for NetChoice say the state laws violate companies’ first amendment rights by forcing online platforms to allow content that violates their platforms’ policies. However, Florida and Texas say their laws enable free speech.

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