Florida – along with Texas – is controlled by Republicans who have enacted and sought to enforce laws that target social media companies for allegedly ‘censoring’ conservative viewpoints and banning politicians like the former president. Donald Trump for violating policies against incitement to violence on January 6. , 2021.
Florida Defense: Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s appeal defends the constitutionality of Florida law, SB 7072. She said in the appeal that the 11th Circuit’s decision “strives states of their historic power to protect the access of their citizens to information, involving matters of national importance. »
The cloudy future of platforms: Technology trade groups NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association, which represent Facebook, Twitter and Google, had sued the laws in Florida and Texas.
The groups say the laws would radically change the way the platforms they represent operate by limiting their ability to control their platforms and potentially forcing them to broadcast hate speech and extremist content.
Tech supports the SCOTUS appeal: The CCIA supports Florida’s appeal to the Supreme Court because it also wants the highest court to rule on the law’s constitutionality. The Florida law is currently not in effect as the attorney general and tech groups seek further review.
“There is a consensus that this issue – whether states can compel digital services to carry content inconsistent with their policies – is a matter that should be heard by the Supreme Court,” the CCIA chairman said, Matt Schruers, in an email. “Although Florida’s social media law poses a threat to the First Amendment and Democratic principles, we agree that the case warrants further review.”