Elon Musk’s X Corp. on Friday sued the state of California over a content material moderation legislation.
The swimsuit challenges the “constitutionality and authorized validity” of the legislation, signed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) final 12 months, which requires social media corporations to publicly publish their insurance policies on hate speech, disinformation, harassment and extremism on their platforms.
The legislation, Meeting Invoice No. 587 (A.B. 587), additionally requires social media corporations to report knowledge on their enforcement of these insurance policies.
“AB 587 violates X Corp.’s First Modification proper to not discuss controversial subjects and to resolve for itself what it’ll say or not say about these subjects,” the swimsuit reads.
A.B. 587 has additionally confronted opposition from tech trade teams, which spoke out towards it within the wake of its passage. Some authorized specialists have raised First Modification issues over the legislation.
“California is not going to stand by as social media is weaponized to unfold hate and disinformation that threaten our communities and foundational values as a rustic,” Newsom stated in a press release when he signed the measure into legislation. “Californians should know the way these platforms are impacting our public discourse, and this motion brings much-needed transparency and accountability to the insurance policies that form the social media content material we devour day-after-day.”
Musk, who has described himself as a “free-speech absolutist,” has rolled again content material moderation measures on X, the platform previously referred to as Twitter, since taking on the corporate final 12 months.
“Meeting Invoice 587 is a pure transparency measure that merely requires corporations to be upfront about if and the way they’re moderating content material. It by no means requires any particular content material moderation insurance policies – which is why it handed with sturdy, bipartisan help,” California State Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel, the creator of the invoice, stated in a press release. “If Twitter has nothing to cover, then they need to don’t have any objection to this invoice.”
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