FL legislation would impose fines for deplatforming

Just The NewsA bill recently passed by the Florida legislature would assess fines as high as $250,000 against social media companies that ban political candidates from their platforms.

The bill — widely seen as a rebuke to tech companies that blacklisted then-President Donald Trump from their servers in the waning days of his administration this year — was passed earlier this week by the Florida House and Senate. It is expected to be signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The same rules should apply to everyone. I understand that the legislature loves to create special rules for politicians, but all Americans have free speech rights.

That said, there was likely a tradeoff between imposing penalties large enough for Big Tech to notice and limiting the people covered by such a law. As far as compromises go, I'm fine with this one.

This entry was published Mon May 10 22:06:39 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2021-05-10 22:06:39.0. [Tweet]

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