Gov Greg Abbott Announces Bill Prohibiting Social Media Censorship In Texas

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared that censorship is “not going to be tolerated in Texas.”

The republican governor announced on Friday that he plans to sign a bill into law that would prohibit social media companies from censoring the viewpoints of Texans online.

During a press conference on Friday alongside State Senator Bryan Hughes (R), Abbott said “We see that the First Amendment is under assault by these social media companies, and that is not going to be tolerated in Texas”

He added “There is a dangerous movement spreading across the country trying to try to silence conservative ideas, religious beliefs. We saw that first arise on college campuses.”

Breitbart reports: In 2019, Governor Abbott signed into law the “Campus Free Speech” law, ensuring that students’ First Amendment rights would be protected on college campuses.

“But now,” Abbott continued, “these social media tech companies are using their tools to silence conservative speech on their platforms.”

The governor added that senator Hughes’ Senate Bill 12 will protect Texans “from being wrongfully censored on social media, making sure that their voices are going to be heard and canceled or silenced.”

Abbott went on to note that social media sites like Facebook and Twitter “have evolved into the modern-day public square.”

“These are the areas that used to be the courthouse square where people would come and talk,” said Abbott. “Now, people are going to Facebook and Twitter to talk about their political ideas, and what Facebook and Twitter are doing — they are controlling the flow of information, and sometimes denying the flow of information.”

“Texas is taking a stand against big tech political censorship. We are not going to allow it in the Lone Star state,” Governor Abbott affirmed.

The governor explained that Senator Hughes’ legislation will prohibit social media companies from censoring Texans based upon their viewpoints.

“It would also allow any Texan who has been canceled or censored or de-platformed to be able to file a lawsuit against Twitter, Facebook, or any of these other companies, and make sure they are able to get back on,” said Abbott.

“The United States of America was built on freedom of speech and healthy public debate,” the governor added. “Big tech’s efforts to silence conservative viewpoints is un-American, un-Texan, and it is unacceptable. And pretty soon, it’s going to be against the law in the state of Texas.”

Senator Hughes also expressed his concerns regarding Americans being “locked out social media for not conforming to a narrow worldview” approved by the political left, and explained why it should be illegal for social media companies to behave in this manner.

“We don’t allow your phone company to cut you off because they don’t like your politics, your cable company can’t cut you off because of your religion,” said Hughes. “These social media companies are common carriers. They have chosen to enter into that business, and they cannot discriminate against people in a violation of the First Amendment.”

Governor Abbott says that he looks forward to signing the bill into law.


  1. The french stormed the Bastille as the symbol of oppression and corruption power representing the dictates of the evil wealthy Today it would be Google Facebook Twitter and the Gatekerpers .

  2. There’s been so little good news lately…i can’t believe this?! Hope its true! Well done Texas!

  3. It’s time to put the Communifascists (F/B, Twits, YouTube, et al) on notice, that in a free society, arbitrary censorship of major, widely used communication channels and platforms is not tolerated, regardless if it’s private or not. Phone (private) companies cannot censor content, text and speech, therefore the other NEW(!) alternative communication platforms cannot either.

    It’s just evolution of information distribution. Its large scale started with the printing press; books. The printer, typesetter had no right to censor the book’s content.

    It’s no different today, it’s just a different, new, evolved technology. The content is none of the technology provider’s business and should be kept out by LAW – if necessary..

  4. Hooray, governor! It makes me proud to be a Texan, born in Amarillo, 1940. I am also proud to state that I have been computer savvy since before Windows (I was doing DOS), and have yet to jine up wif any social club such as Face Farce, as my adult “me” was being tread on by assuming me to be a helpless emotional idiot that required the likes of what’s-his-name at Face Farce presuming to be my da-da that was interested in protecting me from harmful ideas that my poor little self might be touched by. My adult was so offended by Face Farce’s assumptions to his own personal mental/spiritual/emotional superiority over me that it made me hostile and I promised to boycott the thing for life. I have missed nothing, but Face Farce certainly missed me, permanently.

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