X Corp is suing the US state of California over a moderation law that establishes new transparency rules for social media companies. State law requires major social media outlets to share details about its moderation processes.
Social media companies like According to Xformerly known as Twitter, is this so-called Assembly Bill 587 violates the right of free speech under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, as well as the California State Constitution.
X states that the “intent” of the law “is to pressure social media companies to remove content that the state deems objectionable.” California would “force companies to adopt the state’s positions on politically charged issues,” X said. The law’s author, Jesse Gabriel, says that X ‘should not object to this bill’ if the company ‘has nothing to hide’.
Previously, X owner Elon Musk was warned by the EU because of his plans for looser moderation on the then Twitter. After taking over the social medium in October 2022 for 41 billion euros, Musk fired many employees responsible for content moderation on the platform.