Florida free speech law sees support from 11 states as Alabama joins legal fight against Big Tech

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Florida SB 7072 gives all Floridians the ability to sue Big Tech companies if they feel they have been treated unfairly

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Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall joins 10 other attorney generals in submission an appeal Marshall described Florida as “under attack by Big Tech in support of free speech legislation”.

Marshall and other attorneys general of Florida, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina, and Texas, through trade associations representing Facebook, seek to take legal action against Senate Bill 7072 of Big Tech companies. against efforts. Google and Twitter.

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“To protect the freedom of expression of its citizens, Florida is being demonized by Big Tech giants who have the gall to claim that invalidating the Sunshine State’s anti-censorship law ‘Florida consumers, small businesses… and is necessary to protect free speech,’” Marshall said in a statement Wednesday.

The Alabama Attorney General stated that Alabama is “aware of the threat of Big Tech censorship, and recently along with the state of Louisiana launched a ‘Social Media Censorship Complaint Form’ that allows members of the public to file a formal complaint.” If they have been censored on social media.”

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FFlorida Government. DeSantis’ big technical law hit by judge

Florida SB 7072 gives all Floridians the ability to sue Big Tech companies if they believe they have been unfairly treated by the companies; Allows Florida’s Attorney General to take legal action against Big Tech companies that mistreat consumers; And Florida allows the Election Commission to impose a $25,000 per day fine on companies that “de-platform any candidate for office statewide,” according to a press release.

Florida Government Ron DeSantis The bill was signed into law in May, but in June a federal judge temporarily barred the governor from enforcing the law in favor of two trade unions who argued that parts of the law allowed social media sites to block speech. The requirement to host may violate the First Amendment otherwise they would not and by interfering with their editorial decision.

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The plaintiffs also took issue with the fact that the law targets large technology companies, not smaller companies that operate in similar – if not similar – ways.

The judge said the law was an attempt to rein in providers who were deemed “too big and too liberal”.

NetChoice, one of the trade unions involved, said it was “encouraged” by the ruling in a June statement.

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“America’s judiciary system is designed to protect our constitutional rights, and today’s decision is no different, ensuring that Florida’s politically motivated law prohibits Floridians from using racial adjectives, offensive homosexuality, pornographic material, head Biting or using other gruesome content does not compel you to use the Internet,” the group’s statement read.

The federal judge’s preliminary injunction is now subject to appeal in the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

Granthshala Business’ Brittany Dee Lee contributed to this report.


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