that of Florida social media “deplatform” law which would have taken effect Thursday has been temporarily blocked by a federal court. US District Judge Robert Hinkle granted a preliminary injunction to prevent the application of “parts of the legislation that are pre-empted or violate the First Amendment,” according to PA and The New York Times. The law would give the state the right to impose fines on social media companies like Facebook up to $ 250,000 a day if they ban or remove a statewide political candidate’s account. They could also be fined up to $ 25,000 a day for banning a candidate from a local office.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis proposed the law soon after Facebook, Instagram and Twitter banned former President Donald Trump. Republican politicians have long accused mainstream social media platforms of having a anti-conservative bias. After the bill was successfully passed by the Florida Legislature and Senate, DeSantis signed it into law back in May. As the law targets the world’s largest social networks, the authors have ensured that Disney + doesn’t get sucked into it by granting an exemption to theme park owners. As PA note, Walt Disney World outside of Orlando is one of the state’s largest employers.
The entities that filed a lawsuit to challenge the legislation were NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association, lobby groups that represent Facebook, Google and other tech giants. Justice Hinkle explained that the plaintiffs would likely win the case for their claim that the new law violates the First Amendment if the case goes to trial.
According to Hinkle:
“The law requires providers to host speech that violates their standards – speech that they would not otherwise have hosted – and prohibits providers from speaking as they would otherwise …
The legislation currently at issue was aimed at curbing social media providers deemed too big and too liberal. Balancing the exchange of ideas between private speakers is not a legitimate government interest. “
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