A Texas law that prevents social media companies from banning users based on political views was put back in place on Wednesday by a split panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The governor signed the bill in September of 2021. The law allows private Texas citizens and the Texas attorney general to file lawsuits against social media companies for banning people based on political viewpoints.

The law requires social media companies to be transparent.

Abbott claims that social media companies censor conservative voices.

A judge blocked the bill in Florida because it would violate the rights of social media companies.

NetChoice and CCIA, which include members like Meta, sued the state, saying the law violated their First Amendment rights to engage in their own speech and to exercise editorial discretion over the speech published.

The law was put on hold by a judge, but Texas appealed the decision.

The decision did not address the constitutionality of the law but simply reinstated it while the case continues in district court. A written order or opinion was not given out, according to the counsel.

It is constitutionally rotten from top to bottom, and it is an assault on the First Amendment. Chris Marchese, counsel at NetChoice wrote that they were going to appeal the order by the split panel.

Representatives for Abbott, the Texas Attorney General, NetChoice, and CCIA did not respond to Insider's request for comment.