Social media websites; regulation as public service corporations. (HB2635)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Social media websites; regulation as public service corporations. Requires the State Corporation Commission to regulate as a public service corporation any social media website that is open to the public, that has more than 75 million subscribers, and that is not specifically affiliated with any one religion or political party from its inception. The measure prohibits such a website from using an assertion, opinion, or belief that religious or political speech constitutes hate speech as a basis for deleting or censoring a user's religious or political speech. The measure authorizes any user of such a regulated website to bring a civil action against its owner for intentionally deleting or censoring the user's religious or political speech in which the user may recover damages and attorney fees and costs. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2019Presented and ordered printed 19103783D
01/10/2019Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/15/2019Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #3
01/23/2019Impact statement from SCC (HB2635)
02/05/2019Left in Commerce and Labor

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