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Technology trade group sues Florida social media law, fines company to ban political candidates

Two technology trade organizations filed a lawsuit against Florida on Thursday involving a new law that will fine social media companies that ban political candidates, which they say violates the right to freedom of speech.

The lawsuit said that the bill signed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Monday was unconstitutional and was brought by the Internet lobby group NetChoice and the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA). The members of this group include Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet’s Google.

Carl Szabo, vice president of NetChoice, said: “As Florida lawmakers push unconstitutional cases into law, bringing us closer to state-owned media and the state-owned Internet, we cannot stand idly by.” “The First Amendment protects social media. The platform has the right to host and manage content because they believe that the content is suitable for their business model and users.”

Christina Pushaw, a spokesperson for Republican Senator DeSantis, said that the governor’s office has not commented on any specific litigation, but it has foreseen legal challenges and believes that the legislation is “strong”. The legal basis of

She said: “Big technology is more powerful than the government in some ways, and certainly less responsibilities. Free speech is the sacred right of all Americans,” she said.

Former President Donald Trump (Donald Trump), also a Republican, has been banned or suspended from his position due to the risk of further violence after some supporters swept the US Capitol on January 6. YouTube blocked. The ban adds to long-standing accusations by Republicans that online platforms censor content due to anti-conservative prejudices.

Florida is the first state to regulate how social media companies regulate online voice. The new law will also make it easier for the Florida Attorney General and others in the state to sue technology companies on the grounds that they claim that the platform has performed unfair or inconsistent content reviews on users.

Internet legal experts have criticized it as unconstitutional and banned by Section 230, a federal law that prohibits online companies from taking responsibility for content posted by users.

The law exempts companies that own and operate “theme parks or entertainment venues” over 25 acres, such as the Disney theme parks in the state.

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