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Texas Gov. Abbott proposes legislation to ban social media censorship

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While many complain about censorship, Gov. Greg Abbott is looking to take real action against big tech censorship in the state of Texas.

Abbott held a press conference Friday where he proposed new legislation to prohibit social media sites from censoring viewpoints.

As reported by the Blaze, Abbott held the conference with state senator Bryan Hughes to discuss a new bill, Senate Bill 12, which “will help prohibit social media companies from censoring Texans based on the viewpoints they express.”

“Conservative speech will not be canceled in the state of Texas,” Abbott said Friday. “We see that the First Amendment is under assault by the social media companies, and that is not going to be tolerated in Texas.”

The governor called out social media platforms for seeking to censor conservative viewpoints.

“Senator Hughes’ bill, Senate Bill 12, protects Texans from being wrongfully censored on social media, making sure that their voices are going to be heard and not canceled or silenced,” he said.

Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have now become a “modern-day public square,” he said yet they are controlling what people here and who gets a voice.

Read the Senate bill here.


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50-Foot Christmas Tree Outside Fox News Set on Fire by 49yr Old Homeless Man

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Just before 12:15 am Wednesday morning, an arsonist set fire to the 50-foot tree in front of Fox News’ Midtown headquarters on 6th avenue. The suspect, a 49-year-old with three prior arrests, was quickly caught and taken into custody.

The man has two previous arrests for drug possession and one for public intoxication. The motive is unclear, and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said detectives are looking into whether mental illness was a factor.

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The suspect accused of setting the News Corp. Christmas tree on fire is taken into custody by the NYPD.

“The suspect is identified as 49-year-old Craig Tamanaha, who is homeless, with a last known address in Brooklyn” reports ABC 7 New York. Police said the suspect climbed up “the metal superstructure” underneath the artificial tree and lit papers he had brought with him on fire, then shoved the papers into the tree structure.

He then climbed down and watched from the street level as it burned, and he was spotted by building security who pointed the man out to police officers posted in nearby Rockefeller Center,” reports ABC.

A lighter was found in his possession, and he has been charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, arson, criminal nuisance, endangering others, criminal trespass, criminal tampering and disorderly conduct.

Fox says it will rebuild the tree, which took more than 21 hours to assemble and consisted of 10,000 glass ornaments and 100,000 lights.

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