Judge Rejects First Amendment Challenge To California's Social Media Censorship Law

A lawsuit filed on First and Fourteenth Amendment grounds by Minds, the Babylon Bee, Tim Pool and National Religious Broadcasters in a bid to contest what’s known as California’s new censorship law has been dismissed by a judge.

In explaining the August 18 decision that granted the defendant’s (California Attorney-General Robert Bonta) motion to dismiss, US District Judge Hernan D. Vera wrote that the plaintiffs did not manage to successfully allege “an actual injury or a realistic danger of a future injury.”

The contested law, AB 587, was passed last September in California and among other things mandates that social sites must report to the state by the beginning of next year, detailing terms of service, categories of content, “guidelines” they have for dealing with perceived violations, as well as data concerning those violations.

Google Censorship by Mike MacKenzie is licensed under Flickr CC BY 2.0

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