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Why Are Texas Republicans Trampling on the First Amendment in the Name of ‘Free Speech’?

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Free speech has been under attack by a number of Republican Governors lately who feel conservatives have been unfairly censored by social media companies. One of them is Texas Governor Greg Abbott who, along with state Republican lawmakers, passed a bill last year that would allow the government to dictate content moderation practices to online companies.

Yes, you read that right. These guys are allegedly so distraught at the lack of respect for free speech on Big Tech platforms—a legitimate concern—that they decided to pass a law that actually violates the First Amendment. As I previously explained, the law “makes it illegal for platforms to remove users based on their political views, and it requires a complaint system to be in place.”

It is, of course, high-key unconstitutional for the government to mandate that private actors or companies host speech they disagree with. (Remember the Christian baker and

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