Florida will become the first state to use social media sites to ‘deplatform’ politicians with fines of up to $ 250,000 per DAY
- Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will sign bill banning social media companies from permanently removing or banning Floridian politicians
- Suspensions of up to 14 days are still allowed, and platforms can remove individual posts that violate the terms of service, the bill said
- House version of bill would fine social media platforms $ 25,000 a day if political candidate is removed
- Democrats say this bill is a political response to Trump being banned from Facebook and Twitter after the capitol riots
- Republicans argue that the bill is intended to protect Floridians’ First Amendment
Florida will become the first state to punish social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube for ‘de-platforming’ politicians with fines of up to $ 250,000 per day.
Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis will sign the bill with a clear nod to his closest political ally, former President Donald Trump, who was banned from most social media platforms following the January 6 attack on the nation’s capital.
SB 7072 was passed in the House by a vote of 77-38 and in the Senate by 23-17.
The bill would ban social media companies from permanently removing or banning political candidates.
Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis will sign the bill with a clear nod to his closest political ally, former President Donald Trump (pictured together)
Former President Donald Trump was banned from Facebook and Twitter after continuing to spread misinformation about the 2020 election following the capitol riots (photo)
Suspensions of up to 14 days are still allowed, and platforms can remove individual posts that violate the terms of service, the bill said.
The bill would also allow the Florida Election Commission to hand out fines to social media companies that ban politicians from their platforms.
The bill goes back to the Senate to approve the amended House version of the bill calling for a fine from social media platforms $ 25,000 per day if a political candidate is disfellowshipped and $ 250,000 if the politician is a statewide candidate seeking public office.
This pushes up the previous version of the Senate bill, which called for $ 100,000 a day for statewide candidates and $ 10,000 a day for other candidates.
Democrats argue that this bill is a political response to Trump’s being banned from Facebook and Twitter after continuing to spread misinformation about the 2020 election following the capitol riots.
‘Stop inciting revolt against our republic. We are hearing this bill because Twitter finally impeached former President Trump after five people were killed in an uprising he sparked in the US Capitol, ” Democratic State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith said during the bill debate: NBC News reported.
“This bill is not about President Trump,” rebutted Republican State Representative John Snyder. “This bill is about the 22 million Floridians and their rights to the First Amendment.”
SB 7072 would ban social media companies like Facebook (pictured) from permanently removing or banning political candidates in Florida
Donald Trump’s Twitter account was put on hold after he continued spreading misinformation about the 2020 election
Net Choice, a trade group for internet companies, testified at a hearing against the bill, arguing that it would violate the companies’ freedom of expression.
The first amendment makes it clear that the government should not regulate the speaking of individuals or companies. This also includes government measures that enforce speech by forcing a private social media platform to carry content that violates its policies or preferences, ”said NetChoice president Steve DelBianco.
DeSantis has condemned the ‘Silicon Valley oligarchs’ for deplatforming Trump and other conservatives, azcentral.com reported.
DeSantis claims that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are stricter in terms of censorship on the political right.
DeSantis revived his claim when a roundtable talk he hosted in March was removed from YouTube because the governor and scientists he invited were accused of broadcasting misinformation about COVID-19, azcentral.com reported.