Supreme Court blocks Texas law that would prevent Facebook and Twitter from censoring hate speech: report
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The United States Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Texas violated the Constitution with a bill banning social media companies from the regulation of hate speech on their platforms.

"Supreme Court halts Texas social media law that critics say would require Facebook and Twitter to allow hate speech, extremism," Bloomberg News court reporter Greg Stohr reported.

The majority decision was supported by Chief Justice John Roberts along with Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett.

Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Jr., Elena Kagan, and Neil Gorsuch dissented.

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"To be clear, the headline here is *not* the dissent; it’s that Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Kavanaugh, and Justice Barrett *all* voted to block HB20," wrote University of Texas Law Prof. Steve Vladeck.

"That’s a pretty powerful sign of where #SCOTUS is heading on this case—and issue—even if the dissent’s analysis is … alarming," he explained.