Texas has recently passed a bill that allows users to sue social media sites for "censoring" their content. To quote CNN:
Texas’s law makes it illegal for any social media platform with 50 million or more US monthly users to “block, ban, remove, deplatform, demonetize, de-boost, restrict, deny equal access or visibility to, or otherwise discriminate against expression.”
The law creates enormous uncertainty about how social media will actually function in Texas, according to legal experts, and raises questions about what users’ online spaces may look like and what content they may find there, if the companies are even able to run their services at all.
Stack Overflow has 100 million+ monthly visitors according to the company itself, with the United States being the top country visiting. I'm not sure about the stats for the rest of the network, but this 2020 blog post mentions something about 400 million visits. It's not inconceivable that the network hits 50 million monthly visits from the United States.
While Stack Exchange / Overflow is explicitly not a social media site, the Texas law defines the term like this:
(5) "Social media website" means a website or application that enables users to communicate with each other by posting information, comments, messages, or images and that:
(i) is open to the public;
(ii) has more than seventy-five million users; and
(iii) has not been specifically affiliated with any one religion or political party from its inception.
Does SE meet those criteria? I think so, but I'm not 100% sure. (If Wikipedia qualifies as "posting information", I don't even want to think about how they're going to handle this.)
The very basis of SE sites relies on moderation and deletion of content that doesn't meet our standards. If users can suddenly sue for their off-topic rants being deleted, that poses a serious problem.
Does this law pose any threat to SE? Is this something we need to be concerned about as it relates to this site?