Florida governor signs ban on ‘deplatforming’ by tech companies

Well, what a law.

This new bill signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis, the Republican governor of Florida, would ban “deplatforming” by social media companies of political candidates.

The law would allow the State’s Election Commission to fine social media companies up to $250,000 a day for “permanently [banning] or [deleting]” a candidate for office. The $250,000 fine would apply to statewide candidates, and a separate fine of $25,000 would apply to other local candidates.

As well, Florida residents may also file lawsuits against social media companies for violations of the law, such as not being clear about their terms and services.

Experts say that the law may be unconstitutional and runs counter to what the First Amendment lays out for states not to regulate speech on private platforms.Click here to read the source article

How do you think this will affect social media companies simply wishing to do business?

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By Jorge Sanchez

Writer at Today's Dough since January 2021. Jorge is involved in organizations such as FCCLA and DECA, where he holds various leadership positions. Jorge serves as the 2021-2022 Florida FCCLA State President, and 2021-2022 JHS DECA Vice President of Project Management. He currently attends Jefferson High School in Tampa, FL, and participates in the Business and Finance Leadership Academy.

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