Supreme Court To Rule On State Laws vs Social Media
The Supreme Court (SC) has agreed to decide whether state laws that seek to regulate Facebook, TikTok, and other social media platforms violate the Constitution, reported by Mark Sherman for the Associated Press (AP).
The laws passed by Republican-dominated legislatures aim to prevent social media companies from censoring users based on their viewpoints.
The justices will review laws passed by Republican-dominated legislatures and signed by Republican governors in Florida and Texas.
Although the specific details of the laws differ, both aim to prevent social media companies from censoring users based on their viewpoints.
The court's announcement, which came three days before the start of its new term, is part of the ongoing effort by the justices to navigate how laws drafted in the early days of the digital age or before apply to the online world.
The justices had previously agreed to address whether public officials can block critics from commenting on their social media accounts, a matter that arose in a case involving then-President Donald Trump.
The court dismissed the Trump case when his presidential term ended in January 2021. Additionally, the high court might also consider a lower-court ruling that restricts executive branch officials' communications with social media companies concerning controversial online posts.