Texas attorney general’s lawsuit against Yelp poses serious threat to press freedom

Texas AG Ken Paxton is trying to punish Yelp for providing users with information about crisis pregnancy centers. That’s unconstitutional.


Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is once again attempting to misuse his state’s consumer protection law to regulate an online platform’s editorial choices — this time as part of an effort to prevent Yelp from providing its users with information about the services offered by crisis pregnancy centers.

Though the case doesn’t involve a news organization, it could have implications for press freedom, specifically the freedom of journalists and news outlets to make editorial decisions without fear of government regulation or retaliation.

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