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The bill, which some are calling unconstitutional, proposes fines for companies that ban political candidates.
According to NBC News, the bill has been passed in Florida’s Republican-led Legislature, with the House voting 77-38 in favor of the bill; the Senate, 23-17. It is expected to be signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis.
Motivation for the legislation is thought to have come as a result of Twitter’s decision to permanently ban former president Donald Trump’s account. The social media giant kicked Trump off the site in January, just two days after the Capitol Hill riots, “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
The ban sparked a discussion around how much power tech companies should have when it comes to deciding who can use their platform, and what they can say.
Governor DeSantis declared in February that he would find a way to fight back against big tech, and this bill seems to be his weapon of choice. According to Florida Politics, in his original speech, DeSantis suggested that companies receive “$100,000 daily fines for ‘deplatforming’ candidates for office.”