US Supreme Court begins trial that could change the way social networks operate

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The Supreme Court of the United States, began judging on Monday (26) two actions that could change the way Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, X (formerly Twitter) and other social networks operate today.

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With this, the judges analyze two laws from the states of Texas and Florida, approved in 2021, months after Facebook and Twitter’s decisions to ban Donald Trump because of his posts related to the January 6 attack of that year on the US Capitol. USA.

While details vary, both legislation aims to address complaints from conservative politicians that social media companies are liberal-leaning and censor users based on their views.

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It is worth remembering that state laws approved by Texas and Florida prevent social networks from moderating posted content and overturn their power to remove posts.

As a result, experts interviewed by The New York Times believe that, if the laws are considered constitutional by the Supreme Court, companies will be forced to maintain content they do not want and create specific versions of their platforms for these states (and others that come to create laws on social networks).

Several academics and privacy advocacy groups told the court they view the two laws in question as unconstitutional, but concede that judges must preserve the state government’s ability to regulate social media companies to some extent.

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