X sues California over 2022 social media law

The complaint alleges that it violates state and federal constitutional free speech clauses and interferes with platform’s editorial judgment.
Workers install lighting on an “X” sign atop the company headquarters, formerly known as Twitter, in downtown San Francisco, Friday, July 28, 2023. Elon Musk’s social media platform formerly known as Twitter has sued the state of California over a law requiring social media companies to publish their policies for removing offending material such as hate speech, misinformation and harassment. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

The social media site X, formerly known as Twitter, filed a federal lawsuit in Sacramento on Friday against the state of California seeking to overturn a landmark 2022 law aimed at addressing hate and misinformation online.

The first-of-its-kind law, which Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a year ago, requires social media companies to publish their terms of service and to report semi-annually to the state on enforcement of those user rules.

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