DALLAS (AP) – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Wednesday that the Twitter lawsuit will not prevent his office from investigating the content-size practice of the social media giant and four other major tech companies.
Twitter sued a Republican official this week in an attempt to block his investigation into what he said was revenge for banning former President Donald Trump’s account after a deadly January uprising near the US Capitol. Days after the riots, Paxton announced an investigation, which he called “the president’s seemingly agreed de-platform.” His office required various posts և internal communications Google from Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon և Apple:.
On Monday, Twitter asked the California federal judge to effectively end the investigation and confirm that his decision to ban Trump was backed by the First Amendment. On Wednesday, Paxton responded that “most companies have partnered” and called Twitter’s lawsuit “remarkable.”
“Obviously, they have a certain fear of finding out what they are actually doing if they ask a California judge to rule on Texas law,” he told an online forum by the Conservative Media Research Center. In requesting notes, the Paxton office cited the authority of the Texas Deceptive Consumer Protection Act.
Twitter’s lawyers wrote in their complaint that the company had been trying for weeks to “impose reasonable restrictions on Paxton’s claims” but could not reach an agreement with its office. A company spokesman declined to comment Wednesday.
Legal disputes arise when states, in addition to federal legislators and governments outside the United States, put pressure on technology companies that they believe have accumulated too much power.
Separately, Texas is headed by 10 Republican attorney generals in a lawsuit that accuses Google of monopolizing illegal digital advertising on Facebook.
Paxton also faces its own legal problems. The FBI is investigating whether Trump’s closest ally broke the law by allegedly using his office to help a wealthy donor who is also under federal investigation. Last year, eight Paxton lawmakers accused him of bribery, abuse of office and other crimes in the service of a real estate developer in Austin who employs a woman with whom Paxton is said to have had an extramarital affair. All eight were either fired or resigned following charges.