Supreme Court wrestles with GOP-led states' efforts to regulate social media platforms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has wrestled with state laws that could affect how Facebook, TikTok, X, YouTube and other social media platforms regulate content posted by their users.

The cases are among several this term in which the justices could set standards for free speech in the digital age. 

In nearly four hours of arguments Monday, several justices questioned aspects of laws adopted by Republican-dominated legislatures and signed by Republican governors in Florida and Texas in 2021. 

But they seemed wary of a broad ruling, with Justice Amy Coney Barrett warning of “land mines” she and her colleagues need to avoid in resolving the two cases. 

Both laws take aim at perceived bias against conservative viewpoints on social media sites.

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