Florida escalates dispute over controversial social media law in Supreme Court • CableFree TV

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Peter Kavinsky

After an appeals court overturned key parts of a state law aimed at banning social media companies from freely make decisions about content moderationFlorida wants the Supreme Court to weigh her.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody applied on Wednesday asking the nation’s highest court to take up the matter after two federal appeals courts issued conflicting rulings.

In Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled that the state does not allow social media companies to impose bans on political figures is unconstitutional. While the court shot down much of Florida law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit is simply supported a parallel law in Texas known as House Law 20holding that it did not violate the Social Networking Sites First Amendment.

In Florida, Senate Bill 7072 bans platforms for banning or downgrading candidates for public office, as well as news outlets that exceed a certain size threshold. The law will open social media companies to legal action when users or the state determine they have moderated content or user accounts in a way that violates the spirit of the law.

Unlike in Texas, the Florida court found that social media companies fall under the First Amendment when it comes to content moderation decisions.

“We have concluded that social media platform content moderation actions — allowing, deleting, prioritizing, and deprioritizing users and posts — constitute “speech” within the meaning of the First Amendment,” the panel wrote in the court order.

Netchoice, an industry group representing Meta, Google, Twitter and other technology companies, projected confidence that the Supreme Court will decide the fight at the state level over content moderation in its favor, though how things play out in the end is hard to predict.

“We agree with Florida that the U.S. Supreme Court should hear this case…,” said NetChoice Vice President and General Counsel Carl Szabo. “We look forward to seeing Florida in court and upholding the lower court’s decision. We have the Constitution and more than a century of precedents on our side.”

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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