Social media companies would not be able to permanently kick people off their platforms under a harsh, new Florida law.
The bill, passed by the GOP-dominated state legislature on Thursday pending the signature of Government Ron DeSantis, would make it a crime to remove state political candidates from Twitter and Facebook and would penalize $ 250,000 a day for any state candidate who is deplatformed.
Removing more local candidates will cost the company $ 25,000 a day.
The bill also requires technology companies to give users seven days notice that they risk being banned and allows them to correct the problem. Suspensions of up to 14 days will still be allowed.
“What this bill is about is sending a loud message to Silicon Valley that they are not the absolute arbitrators,”
Big tech advocacy groups have backtracked, saying the law would violate their first amending right to decide who can participate on their platforms.
“This bill abandons conservative values, violates the First Amendment and will force websites to host anti-Semitic, racist and hateful content.” Carl Szabo, vice president of the NetChoice trading group, told the United States today. “Content moderation is essential for an Internet that is secure and valuable for families and Florida small businesses, but this bill will undermine this important ecosystem.”