Federal judge blocks Florida social media law
A federal judge on Wednesday granted a preliminary injunction against Florida’s new social media law, which Conservatives have used to fight online platforms’ perceived censorship of former President Donald Trump at the following the Capitol riots of January 6.
Scheduled to go into effect Thursday, the law, FL SB 7072, was a top priority for Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and would make it easier for the state election commission to impose fines on social media companies that banned the candidates. policies approaching a choice, with penalties ranging from $ 25,000 to $ 250,000 per day.
Decision : District Court Judge Robert Hinkle said it was likely the plaintiffs – tech industry groups NetChoice and the Computer and Communications Industry Association, which have major platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google – would prevail in their claim that the law was unconstitutional. to the first amendment. Legal experts were quick to question the validity of the law when it was signed last month.