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[Texas} Gov. Greg Abbott backs bill to stop social media companies from banning Texans for political views
Posted by: GGD
Date: March 05, 2021 05:11PM
Maybe he's trying to deflect the news away from his attempts to kill off his population by demonstrating his lack of knowledge of "free speech".

[www.texastribune.org]

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Senate Bill 12 would prohibit social media companies — including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube — from blocking, banning, demonetizing or otherwise discriminating against a user based on their viewpoint or their location within Texas.

Decrying “a dangerous movement” to “silence conservative ideas [and] religious beliefs,” Gov. Greg Abbott touted a bill Friday that aims to crack down on the perceived censorship of conservative voices by social media companies.

“They are controlling the flow of information — and sometimes denying the flow of information,” the Republican governor said at a press conference in Tyler. “And they are being in the position where they're choosing which viewpoints are going to be allowed to be presented. Texas is taking a stand against big tech political censorship. We're not going to allow it in the Lone Star State.”

Abbott was joined by state Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, who is sponsoring the measure and who chairs the powerful Senate State Affairs Committee. Hughes said the bill would give Texans the right to restore their accounts when they’re “mistreated.”

“We have a handful of billionaires in San Francisco that run these tech companies,” Hughes said. “It doesn't make them the gatekeeper of free speech. But that's what they want to be.”

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Experts point out that the First Amendment — which protects free speech — only prohibits government censorship. That leaves private companies to choose their own protocols.

“From a First Amendment perspective, social media companies are private actors and aren't subject to the First Amendment,” said Scot Powe, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law, told The Texas Tribune in January. “So it's a matter of constitutional law. They can be as biased as they want in any direction they choose.”

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I wonder if any of the social media companies might ban Abbott if this gets passed, usually their TOS has something about interfering with the running of their business, that probably was intended for something like a DoS attack, but might be broadly interpreted.
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Re: [Texas} Gov. Greg Abbott backs bill to stop social media companies from banning Texans for political views
Posted by: Ted King
Date: March 05, 2021 05:41PM
energy market - government regulation is bad

internet platform market - government regulation is good
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Re: [Texas} Gov. Greg Abbott backs bill to stop social media companies from banning Texans for political views
Posted by: vision63
Date: March 05, 2021 05:58PM
We need to send Rand Paul's neighbor to Austin.
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Re: [Texas} Gov. Greg Abbott backs bill to stop social media companies from banning Texans for political views
Posted by: deckeda
Date: March 05, 2021 06:26PM
Conservatism: Where pandering to ignorance is a feature.
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Re: [Texas} Gov. Greg Abbott backs bill to stop social media companies from banning Texans for political views
Posted by: $tevie
Date: March 05, 2021 06:48PM
I love how the right wing/GOP worries so much about their freedom to express their viewpoints, even as they work like hell to deny certain citizens the most important means of expressing one's viewpoint: voting.



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Re: [Texas} Gov. Greg Abbott backs bill to stop social media companies from banning Texans for political views
Posted by: sekker
Date: March 05, 2021 07:17PM
GOP members of the U S of A can make their own platforms.

But 'free speech' doesn't mean 'free from consequences' speech... That has been true from the beginning.
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Re: [Texas} Gov. Greg Abbott backs bill to stop social media companies from banning Texans for political views
Posted by: samintx
Date: March 05, 2021 07:24PM
But Social media has it covered with agreement when you sign up, doesn’t it? Abbott has a mute claim



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Re: [Texas} Gov. Greg Abbott backs bill to stop social media companies from banning Texans for political views
Posted by: AllGold
Date: March 05, 2021 07:31PM
Abbott seems to be trying to demonstrate that his brain doesn't work much better than his legs.







Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/05/2021 07:32PM by AllGold.
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Re: [Texas} Gov. Greg Abbott backs bill to stop social media companies from banning Texans for political views
Posted by: Speedy
Date: March 05, 2021 08:44PM
The problem is Gov. Abbott doesn’t have anything to do.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: [Texas} Gov. Greg Abbott backs bill to stop social media companies from banning Texans for political views
Posted by: RgrF
Date: March 05, 2021 08:50PM
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Speedy
The problem is Gov. Abbott doesn’t have anything to do.

Probably a good thing.
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Re: [Texas} Gov. Greg Abbott backs bill to stop social media companies from banning Texans for political views
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: March 05, 2021 09:14PM
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”We have a handful of billionaires in San Francisco...”

facepalmOnly Twitter is based in San Francisco.
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Re: [Texas} Gov. Greg Abbott backs bill to stop social media companies from banning Texans for political views
Posted by: AllGold
Date: March 05, 2021 10:17PM
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DeusxMac
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”We have a handful of billionaires in San Francisco...”

facepalmOnly Twitter is based in San Francisco.

Yeah, but that allows another dig at Nancy Pelosi.



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Re: [Texas} Gov. Greg Abbott backs bill to stop social media companies from banning Texans for political views
Posted by: Ted King
Date: March 06, 2021 06:58AM
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$tevie
I love how the right wing/GOP worries so much about their freedom to express their viewpoints, even as they work like hell to deny certain citizens the most important means of expressing one's viewpoint: voting.

agree smiley
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Re: [Texas} Gov. Greg Abbott backs bill to stop social media companies from banning Texans for political views
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: March 06, 2021 09:07AM
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AllGold
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DeusxMac
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”We have a handful of billionaires in San Francisco...”

facepalmOnly Twitter is based in San Francisco.

Yeah, but that allows another dig at Nancy Pelosi.

I think they are going for a different stereotype of SF with the tejas conservative crowd.
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Re: [Texas} Gov. Greg Abbott backs bill to stop social media companies from banning Texans for political views
Posted by: vision63
Date: March 06, 2021 11:23AM
Twitter should ban Abbot for general lies and being dangerous.
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