“Viewpoint discrimination should not be allowed by any business and Senate Bill 12 will make sure it is not tolerated on social media platforms”
AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 12, the Protecting Free Speech on Social Media bill, by Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola:
“As Americans and as Texans, we treasure our right to free speech, which is why I made protecting free speech on social media a priority this session. The Texas Senate has passed Senate Bill 12 to strengthen free speech rights for every Texan. We all know that social media serves as the present-day town square where individuals should be allowed to share their ideas, regardless of their message or ideology. Viewpoint discrimination should not be allowed by any business and Senate Bill 12 will make sure it is not tolerated.”
Senate Bill 12 ensures that social media companies, based in Texas or elsewhere, will not be able to exclude participants based on their point of view. The bill ensures that Texans can voice their opinions without fear of being discriminated against by being banned.