The US Supreme Court on Friday said it would consider the constitutionality of two state laws that restrict social media platforms from taking action against political misinformation, just as the 2024 US election looms.
The laws were passed in Florida and Texas in the wake of the January 6, 2021 assault on the US Capitol by Donald Trump supporters in Washington, when major social media companies suspended accounts linked to the former Republican president and other political content.
The suspension crystalized long-held criticism by US conservatives of political censorship on sites such as Facebook or YouTube, and precipitated the laws in the Republican-run states.
The highly politicized issue faces an uncertain outcome in the polarized Supreme Court.
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