New York Governor Kathy Hochul calls on social media platforms to moderate hate speech

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Claiming that the alleged Buffalo shooter had become radicalized online, New York Governor Kathy Hochul used her appearances on Sunday talk shows to demand that social media companies do more to suppress speech by racist hatred on their platforms.

  • “It’s spreading like a virus and that’s why I’m calling on the CEOs of all social media platforms to look at their policies and be able to look me in the eye and tell me everything is being done so they can ensure you that this information is not released,” she said.

A Texas law could make this more difficult. Last Wednesday, an appeals court reinstated a Texas law that prohibits social media companies from moderating content on their platforms based on “the user’s or another person’s point of view.” Regardless of whether the judges showed a shocking lack of understanding of the basics of technology during the hearing (one implying that Twitter was not a website), the law theoretically opens up the door to any user whose messages are intermingled in any way to sue the companies.

Bring it back to Buffalo: The alleged shooter live-streamed his attack on Amazon-owned streaming site Twitch, which said it deleted the video less than two minutes after the violence began. But that takedown would apparently have violated Texas’ new social media law if it had happened there.

Look forward…given fierce opposition from tech groups, this Texas law is expected to end up in the Supreme Court.

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