Amicus Brief in Moody v. NetChoice and NetChoice v. Paxton

22 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2023

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Eric Goldman

Santa Clara University - School of Law

Michael S. Kwun

Kwun Bhansali Lazarus LLP

Date Written: December 5, 2023

Abstract

This amicus brief supports NetChoice and CCIA in the Supreme Court appeals of Moody v. NetChoice and NetChoice v. Paxton. The brief focuses on the provisions in the Florida and Texas social media censorship laws that require social media platforms to provide "explanations" of their content moderation decisions to their users. The brief explains how these explanations obligations effectuate censorship. The brief also explains why laws compelling publishers to explain their editorial decisions do not qualify for the relaxed Constitutional scrutiny test that the Supreme Court articulated in Zauderer v. Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

Keywords: censorship, first amendment, amicus brief, zauderer, compelled commercial speech, social media platforms, publishers, explanations, free speech, free press, content moderation

JEL Classification: k2, k4, l82, l86, m38,

Suggested Citation

Goldman, Eric and Kwun, Michael S., Amicus Brief in Moody v. NetChoice and NetChoice v. Paxton (December 5, 2023). Santa Clara Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 4655464, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4655464 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4655464

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