There's No Way the Big Tech Law Florida Just Passed Is Legal - 2021-05-24

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F0.png There's No Way the Big Tech Law Florida Just Passed Is Legal May 24, 2021, Whitney Kimball, Gizmodo

Today, Trump lackey and Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed into law "Florida's Big Tech Bill," a thinly veiled attempt to appease Trump's Twitter and Facebook gripe. And also money in the bank for Big Tech warrior, Ron DeSantis.

The bill dangles a shred of hope in front of Trump, with a provision that he (or others) could sue social media companies for up to $100,000, and it guarantees that political candidates get an automatic space on social media platforms if they so desire. This is about as ham-fisted as any of Trump's own attempts to sneak back on Twitter through surrogates, which makes it a pointless waste of Florida taxpayer resources—also perhaps a gift to the wider world since it could drain a little of Trump's attention from fomenting his follower s' rage while he mucks around in an unproductive battle.

DeSantis is selling this as a campaign to protect "real Floridians across the Sunshine State" from "Silicon Valley elites," but the nonsense text is effectively politicians doing themselves a favor. Florida now believes that all social media companies have to let all political candidates on their platforms, no matter whether they violate the rules. Florida also thinks it can now fine social media companies, on no basis, $250,000 per day for deplatforming a candidate for statewide office and $25,000 for deplatforming candidates for "other offices." If the platforms are found to have violated Florida's new rule, the banned or deplatformed person may sue for damages of up to $100,000 as well as actual damages and punitive damages. Trump's lawsuit is probably TBA on his blog.

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