Supreme Court hears two cases that could change what we see on social media

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) – What you can or cannot see on your Twitter, Facebook and even TikTok feeds may be up to the Supreme Court.

Monday the justices heard two cases that could determine if social media companies can regulate what is posted on their platforms.

The cases were brought forward after Texas and Florida passed laws banning companies like Twitter or Meta from engaging in what they believe is online censorship.

Lawyers representing the tech giants argue those laws are a violation of a company’s right to free speech and will open the door to harmful content.

Henry Whitaker is the Florida solicitor general.

“The platforms do not have a first amendment right to apply their censorship policies in an inconsistent manner,” Whitaker said.

Whitaker argued the state laws are designed to prevent censorship of conservative speech.

“The state has an interest, a first amendment interest, in promoting and ensuring the free dissemination of ideas,” he said.

The court seemed skeptical of the state’s arguments that the first amendment requires the internet companies to do anything.

“The first amendment doesn’t apply to them, first amendment restricts what the government can do,” said Chief Justice John Roberts.

Lawyers from Net Choice, a group that represents social media companies, argued their case in court.

Net Choice’s Vice President Carl Szabo says ruling in favor of the state laws would set a dangerous precedent.

“Left right or center any American should want to protect our first amendment rights from the government,” he said.

Lawyers for Donald Trump who was kicked off Twitter and Facebook after the January 6th attack at the Capitol are urging the court to uphold the Florida law.

The Biden administration is siding with the companies.

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