The law in question punishes social networks that suspend or delete the accounts of public figures engaged in politics with very expensive fines
A US federal court has temporarily blocked a Florida state law that punishes social media for deplatforming, just before it went into effect today. The law would give Florida the right to fine companies like Facebook or Twitter up to $ 250,000 a day if they block or remove a political candidate’s account across the state. These platforms could also be fined up to $ 25,000 a day for banning a candidate for a local office.
But District Judge Robert Hinkle has granted a preliminary injunction to prevent the new law from being enforced. The law was challenged in the Tallahassee federal court by NetChoice, a lobbying company representing Twitter, Facebook and other online companies, and the Computer and Communications Industry Association. They both said the new law was unconstitutional and violated federal law.
The bill had been proposed by the governor of Florida, Republican Ron DeSantis, shortly after that Facebook, Instagram and Twitter suspended former President Donald Trump until a later date for inciting his supporters to storm the Congress last January 6th.
Judge Hinkle said the new law was aimed only at large social media companies, not smaller ones that provide the same services. He also noted that the law contained an exception for companies and apps they own theme parks, as it happens Disney, which in Orlando, Florida, has one of its largest. Walt Disney World is indeed one of the largest employers in the entire state.
“Legislation obliges providers to host speeches that violate the their standard – speeches they would not otherwise host – and prohibits providers from speaking as they would otherwise “, Hinkle later wrote, adding that if the lawsuit went to trial, the plaintiffs would most likely prevail. Governor DeSantis’ office has already said it will appeal against this decision.
in the meantime Donald Trump, pending other measures that change their minds to large social companies, allowing them to return, opened a profile on the Rumble video platform which has already gained a certain following among conservatives. This choice, however, angered the social even more extremist Gave, who expected to see The Donald among their subscribers.