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.
"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.
\u201cTo be clear, the headline here is *not* the dissent; it\u2019s that Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Kavanaugh, and Justice Barrett *all* voted to block HB20.\n\nThat\u2019s a pretty powerful sign of where #SCOTUS is heading on this case\u2014and issue\u2014even if the dissent\u2019s analysis is \u2026 alarming.\u201d— Steve Vladeck (@Steve Vladeck) 1654031482