A new law in Texas states that any social media sites that has at least 50 million subscribers a month cannot ban anyone (its more nuanced than that, but that's the drift).
(I wrote this before the Supreme courts blocked the law, which you can read about here. This is a temporary block so the issue is not settled.)
Here is an article about the law: here
My random thoughts
1) How can any internet law be local to Texas or to any state? I wonder the same thing about the EU's law about right-to-be-forgotten and other restrictions.
2) Does the law apply to blogs? If Scott had over 50 million readers... Hold that thought. Imagine if that many people cared about quantum computing, complexity theory, the Busy Beaver function, and Scott's political and social views. That would be an awesome world! However, back to the point- if he did have that many readers would he not be allowed to ban anyone?
3) If Lance and I had over 50 million readers... Hold that thought. Imagine if that many people cared about Complexity Theory, Ramsey Theory, Betty White and Bill and Lance's political and social views. Would that be an awesome world? I leave that as an open question. However, back to the point- would they be able to block posts like:
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Either the poster thinks that Lance will win a Turing award and wants him to look good for the ceremony, or its a bot.
4) If Lipton and Regan's GLL blog had over 50 million readers.... Hold that thought. Imagine if that many people cared about Complexity theory, open-mindedness towards P=NP, catching people who cheat at chess, nice things about everyone they mention, and their political and social views. That would be a very polite world! However, back to the point- would they be able to block posts? Block people?
5) arxiv recently rejected a paper by Doron Zeilberger. This rejection was idiotic, though Doron can argue the case better than I can, so see here for his version of events (one sign that he can argue better than I can: he does not use any negative terms like idiot.) Under the moronic Texas law, can arxiv ban Doron for life? (of course, the question arises, do they have at least 50 million subscribers?)
6) Given who is proposing the law its intent is things like you can't kick Donald Trump off Twitter. I wonder if Parler or 8-chan or Truth-Social which claim to be free-speech sites, but whose origins are on the right, would block liberals. Or block anyone? I DO NOT KNOW if they do, but I am curious. If anyone knows please post- no speculation or rumor, I only want solid information.
7) Republicans default position is to not regulate industry. It is not necessarily a contradiction to support a regulation; however, they would need a strong argument why this particular case needs regulation when other issues do not. I have not seen such an argument; however, if you have one then leave a comment. (The argument they are doing it to please their base is not what I mean- I want a fair objective argument.)