Gov. Greg Abbott announces effort to ban social media censorship in Texas

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by Chris Pandolfo, The Blaze:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) held a press conference Friday to discuss new legislation that would prohibit social media companies from censoring viewpoints.

The governor was joined by state Sen. Bryan Hughes to discuss his bill, Senate Bill 12, which “will help prohibit social media companies from censoring Texans based on the viewpoints they express.”

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“Conservative speech will not be canceled in the state of Texas,” Abbott said. “We see that the First Amendment is under assault by the social media companies, and that is not going to be tolerated in Texas.”

Abbott said there is “a dangerous movement” to silence conservative ideas and religious beliefs spreading nationwide. He accused social media companies of engaging in that effort to silence conservatives

Abbott said there is “a dangerous movement” to silence conservative ideas and religious beliefs spreading nationwide. He accused social media companies of engaging in that effort to silence conservatives through their content moderation policies.

“Senator Hughes’ bill, Senate Bill 12, protects Texans from being wrongfully censored on social media, making sure that their voices are going to be heard and not canceled or silenced,” he continued. He said websites like Facebook and Twitter have “evolved” into a “modern-day public square” but complained that those platforms have begun controlling the flow of information.

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