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{TRT 1:17} <(Voice of) Henry Whitaker, Florida Solicitor General> <(Voice of) Chief Justice John Roberts> <Carl Szabo: Net Choice VP > {ANCHOR} < WHAT YOU CAN OR CAN NOT SEE ON YOUR TWITTER, FACEBOOK AND EVEN TIKTOK FEEDS MAY BE UP TO THE SUPREME COURT. TODAY THE JUSTICES HEARD TWO CASES THAT COULD DETERMINE IF SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES CAN REGULATE WHAT IS POSTED ON THEIR PLATFORMS. OUR DC'S RAQUEL MARTIN JOINS US LIVE... RAQUEL WHAT MORE CAN YOU TELL US> {INTRO} <THE CASES WERE BROUGHT FORWARD AFTER TEXAS AND FLORIDA PASSED LAWS BANNING COMPANIES LIKE TWITTER OR META FROM ENGAGING IN WHAT THEY BELIEVE IS ONLINE CENSORSHIP. BUT LAWYERS REPRESENTING THE TECH GIANTS ARGUE THOSE LAWS ARE A VIOLATION OF A COMPANIES RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH AND WILL OPEN THE DOOR TO HARMFUL CONTENT> {PKG} THE SUPREME COURT IS WRESTLING WITH YET ANOTHER 21ST CENTURY QUESTION CAN TEXAS AND FLORIDA STOP SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS...FROM TAKING DOWN USERS POSTS... OR REQUIRE THE SOCIAL MEDIA SITES TO EXPLAIN 'WHY' THEY TOOK DOWN THE POSTS... HENRY WHITAKER IS THE FLORIDA SOLICITOR GENERAL... <Henry Whitaker, Florida Solicitor General> "The platforms do not have a first amendment right to apply their censorship policies in an inconsistent manner" WHITAKER ARGUED THE STATE LAWS ARE DESIGNED TO PREVENT CENSORSHIP OF CONSERVATIVE SPEECH <Henry Whitaker, Florida Solicitor General: > "the state has an interest, a first amendment interest, in promoting and ensuring the free dissemination of ideas" BUT THE COURT SEEMED NOT TO BE BUYING THE STATE'S ARGUMENTS... THAT THE FIRST AMENDMENT REQUIRES THE INTERNET COMPANIES TO DO ANYTHING. <Chief Justice John Roberts> "The first amendment doesn't apply to them first amendment restricts what the government can do. with the government's doing here is say You must do this you must carry these people you've got to explain if you don't. that's not the first amendment" LAWYERS FROM NET CHOICE... A GROUP THAT REPRESENTS SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES...ARGUED THEIR CASE IN COURT... <Carl Szabo: Net Choice VP > "Florida and Texas enacted laws that will force a private business to host lawful but awful content that they just don't want" NET CHOICE'S VP CARL SZABO SAYS RULING IN FAVOR OF THE STATE LAWS...WOULD SET A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT... <Carl Szabo: Net Choice VP > "Left right or center every single American should want to protect our first amendment rights from the government." {ON CAM TAG} <THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION IS SIDING WITH THE SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES BUT TRUMP -- WHO WAS KICKED OFF META AND TWITTER FOLLOWING THE JANUARY SIXTH RIOTS -- IS URGING THE COURT TO UPHOLD THE FLORIDA LAW. FOR NOW IN WASHINGTON RAQUEL MARTIN, BACK TO YOU> {Q: IS CONGRESS PLANNING TO TAKE ACTION TO CLARIFY SOCIAL MEDIA LAWS?}

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