Florida Bans Big Tech Deplatforming

$250,000 daily fine if a political candidate is banned

Social media companies would be unable to permanently kick people off their platforms under a tough new Florida law.

The bill, passed by the GOP-dominated state Legislature Thursday and awaiting Gov. Ron DeSantis’ signature, would make it a crime to remove state political candidates from Twitter and Facebook, and would mete out penalties of $250,000 a day for any statewide candidate who is deplatformed.

Removing more local candidates would cost the company $25,000 a day.

The bill also requires tech companies to give users seven days notice that they are at risk of being banned and offer them the opportunity to correct the issue. Suspensions of up to 14 days would still be allowed.

“What this bill is about is sending a loud message to Silicon Valley that they are not the absolute arbiters of truth,” GOP state Rep. John Snyder said Wednesday, NBC News reported. “What this bill does is send a loud message that the Constitution does not have an asterisk that says only certain speech is free and protected.”

Big tech advocacy groups have struck back saying the law would violate their First Amendment right to decide who can participate on their platforms.

“This bill abandons conservative values, violates the First Amendment, and would force websites to host antisemitic, racist, and hateful content.” Carl Szabo, vice-president of trade group NetChoice told USA TODAY. “Content moderation is crucial to an internet that is safe and valuable for families and Floridian small businesses, but this bill would undermine this important ecosystem.”

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Voz 0db
Voz 0db
4 days ago

antisemitic, racist, and hateful content

ALWAYS the same carrot! These scoundrels and degenerate uman animals could at least try to be more creative!

We are animals, he behave like animals and no amount of TECH bans can end this REALITY!

ken
ken
4 days ago

“This bill abandons conservative values, violates the First Amendment, and would force websites to host antisemitic, racist, and hateful content”

Really?

First amendment:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

So Mr. Szabo…. where are the exceptions you speak of,,, assuming you ever read it, and if you did you obviously did not comprehend its intent.

Interesting how he inserts his bs into conservative so called values.

Oh well,,, another lawyer, Like we really need them….

Zhonghua
Zhonghua
4 days ago

Free speech only applies to me and not thee according to Szabo and his ilk. These are the freaks that run the asylum now and people still want to cry about how “free” the U.Shits. is lmao

Real news
Real news
3 days ago

Szabo is a typical jew….

Andra
Andra
3 days ago

Refreshing that Governor DeSantis leads with the interests of the majority in his state.
A true outlier in this time of global fraud, scam and manipulation.

Dave!
Dave!
3 days ago

Just $250,000 per day? It’s too lenient. Should be per hour.

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