Judge Sides With California in X’s Challenge Against the State’s Censorship Law

If you’re tired of censorship and dystopian threats against civil liberties, subscribe to Reclaim The Net. X (former Twitter) has not succeeded in its legal bid to block a controversial law in California. The law is officially there to help regulate online content moderation, but the social network argued this piece of legislation is just a way to force platforms to censor speech that happens to be deemed as controversial by the authorities. The legal battle concerns state law AB 587, signed by California Governor Gavin Newsom in 2022, while X Corp. now attempted to argue its case in terms of free speech (First Amendment) violations imposed by said law. But a federal judge in California’s capital Sacramento did not accept this argument, saying instead that AB is above board. That same law mandating, critics say as a form of pressure, that platforms must tell the government how they are “moderating” whatever is considered to be hate speech, racism, harassment, disinformation, radicalism, extremism, and foreign political interference. In addition, these platforms must then report to the authorities on how they are enforcing those rules. Speaking of (indirect) pressure, one of the points the court’s decision makes is that AB 587 is not inconsistent with Section 230 – a part of the Communications Decency Act (CDA). This section is designed to give immunity to online platforms from liability related to third-party content, but also for removing that content under certain conditions. Relevant to this, the ruling reads, “AB 587 only contemplates…Judge Sides With California in X’s Challenge Against the State’s Censorship Law