We previously posted on Florida’s new law that allowed opt-outs from big tech’s content filters, fines on tech companies that suspend candidates for elected office in Florida from their platforms, and other measures to stop Big Tech biasing the news they present to Floridians. DeSantis:
“The core issue here is this: are consumers going to have the choice to consume the information they choose, or are oligarchs in Silicon Valley going to make those choices for us? No group of people should exercise such power, especially not tech billionaires in Northern California.”
Nope. Before it even goes into effect, a Democrat judge has nixed it:
This was the law that would have fined companies like Twitter or Facebook $250,000 per day for deplatforming candidates for statewide office ($25,000 per day for any other office). I don’t doubt that there are extremely thorny First Amendment concerns here. But this should be the handwriting on the wall, in the most Biblical sense of the term.
Consider this: If Donald Trump is still banned from these platforms in 2024, runs for office, and loses, his supporters will say that it was not a free and fair election, and you know what? They will be right. I cannot stress enough how potentially apocalyptic this possibility is, and I don’t think anyone in DC or Silicon Valley has the first clue how close they are to driving us all right over a cliff.
It seems rather preposterous that you can ban Joe Schmoe from donating more than $2,500 to a candidate (or whatever the current limit is up to), but zillionaires like Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey with social media monopolies can completely ban certain candidates from reaching tens of millions of voters.
What is the value of that kind of contribution by a for-profit company?
Facebook, Twitter, etc are public utilities. Regulate them as such.
The judge is Robert Lewis Hinkle, appointed by Slick Willie and elevated to Chief Judge of the District Court by Obama. I read some of the brief, but really all I needed to know was who appointed the doofus.
There may well be some First Amendment concerns, but when a huge world wide company engages in the blatant partisanship and discrimination against political rivals like Twitter and Facebook have done, those concerns to me fall on deaf ears.
The law is playing favorites. Just ask the Christian bakers forced by Democrat judges to publish messages they disagree with.
hat-tip Stephen Neil