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Supreme Court to Hear Cases That Could Reshape Social Media

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The US Supreme Court will hear two cases this week that will determine whether states can restrict how social media platforms moderate content on their sites.

Laws in Texas and Florida prohibit platforms from banning or censoring political candidates and allow users to sue if they feel censored.

Supporters argue this prevents unfair censorship of conservatives, while opponents counter that it violates platforms’ First Amendment rights.

“Allowing social media sites to be free from government interference in their content moderation ultimately benefits internet users,” attorney David Greene said.

“When platforms have First Amendment rights to curate the user-generated content they publish, they can create distinct forums that accommodate diverse viewpoints, interests, and beliefs.”

The courts have split on this issue so far.

A ruling allowing state restrictions could reshape precedent against compelled speech and give the government new powers over online discourse.

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