The United States seeks to regulate the content published on social networks in each state of the country, after Texas and Florida approved regulations in relation to the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
The Supreme Court will study the laws approved in these two states aimed at restricting social networks “from taking measures against political disinformation”, as the 2024 elections approach.
The laws have sparked controversy from American conservatives and the Supreme Court, who argue that the legal instruments require “special treatment and the jurisprudence on freedom of expression was not necessarily adequate to address this issue.”
The debate focuses on the freedom that platforms such as Facebook, X, Instagram have in terms of content, according to the Computer & Communications Industry Association and NetChoice.
Social networks have taken the place of traditional media, allowing citizens to express themselves, launch protests, and share information. However, “that doesn’t necessarily make them a public forum regulated by the government,” according to Professor Roy S. Gutterman of the Tully Center for Free Expression at Syracuse University.
Representatives of the platforms Facebook and Google have requested that the laws passed in Texas and Florida be repealed, arguing that they conflict with the First Amendment.
At the same time, there are disagreements between conservative and ultra-conservative groups with technology companies, which presumably want to maintain control of social networks.
President Joe Biden, for his part, asked the Supreme Court to take charge of the case, referring to the First Amendment, which guarantees the right to freedom of expression.
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