The new law will have a court challenge soon. Legal experts and advocacy groups over the political spectrum think that it is blatantly unconstitutional.
However, Florida’s governor and lawmakers were undeterred by the likelihood that courts will strike down the law as infringing the First Amendment.
The law provides Floridians the right to sue Big Tech companies over content-moderation decisions. It prevents the companies from “de-platforming” political candidates and journalistic enterprises. It will go into effect on July 1.
In this session, they took action. They assured that ‘We the People’ have protection versus the Silicon Valley elites, DeSantis, who has a Harvard University law degree, stated in a press release.
Many in The State Have Encountered Censorship and Other Oppressive Behavior Firsthand in Cuba and Venezuela.
Assume Big Tech censors demand rules inconsistently to discriminate in support of the dominant Silicon Valley ideology. In that situation, they will now be held liable. According to Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez, the law is essential. Many Floridians understand the dangers of being hushed or have been silenced themselves under communist rule.
The new law cuts out an exemption for tech companies that also own theme parks. That would spare both Disney and Comcast, the latter of which owns NBCUniversal, including Universal Theme Parks.
Notably, the law exempts any information service, system, Internet search engine, or access software provider managed by a company that owns and operates a theme park or entertainment complex as described in Florida law.
To qualify for the exclusion, the company’s theme park or entertainment complex needs to be constituted of at least 25 contiguous acres. Moreover, it has to give permanent exhibitions and a diversity of recreational activities. Furthermore, it should have a minimum of 1 million visitors yearly.
The governor’s statement didn’t reveal the theme-park exemption. However, it stated that Floridians handled unfairly by Big Tech platforms will have the freedom to sue companies that disrupt this law. Those who sue will be able to win monetary damages.
This reform safeguards the advantages of every Floridian. It does this by asking social-media companies to be transparent about their content moderation practices and provide users proper notice of changes to those policies, limiting Big Tech bureaucrats from moving the goalposts to quiet viewpoints don’t fancy.
Additionally, the Florida attorney general can bring action versus technology companies that violate this law under Florida’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Companies that break the law won’t be able to engage with any public entities.