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U.S. appeals court rejects big tech’s right to regulate online speech

A United States (US) appeals court on Friday upheld a Texas law that bars large social media companies from banning or censoring users, based on “viewpoint,” a setback for technology industry groups that say the measure would turn platforms into bastions of dangerous content.

The 3-0 ruling by the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals, based in New Orleans, sets up the potential for the US Supreme Court to rule on the law, which commentators have said is necessary to prevent “Big Tech” from suppressing their views.

Judge Andrew Oldham, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, wrote in the ruling that “Today we reject the idea that corporations have a freewheeling First Amendment right to censor what people say”.

Editing by Tersoo Nicholas