It has no chance, but there is no penalty for trying. On Monday, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida signed into law, a legislation that will make it illegal for social media platforms and any of the big technology companies, to ban anyone in Florida. More so, the legislation says any user who has been de-platformed would be allowed access to retrieve all of their information and content. (Read: we are trying to to bring back former US President Trump to Twitter and Facebook).
People, in American football, they call it hail mary pass; desperation exponential. What do you think?
On Monday, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law, a legislation that will make it illegal for social media platforms and any of the big tech, to ban anyone in Florida.
The legislation, termed Stop Social Media Censorship Act, was prompted by allegations of marginalization on social media by conservatives, who believe that the “Big Tech” has been working on the side of the left to silence their members. Thus, it has become illegal for large technology companies to remove candidates for office from their platforms in the run-up to an election. It would also make it easier for Florida’s attorney general and individuals to sue “Big Tech.”
Trump had been banned and suspended by social media giants, Twitter and Facebook, respectively. The state hopefully thinks it can legislate Trump back into the social media universe. With these companies not headquartered in Florida, the regulation does not have any chance. The worst the governor can do is to ask telcos to block Facebook and Twitter in Florida! Because that will not happen, this legal playbook is largely a political showbiz to make the governor who has a presidential ambition appear to be working for the leader of the party, Donald Trump.
Comment: It will spur other R state legislatures and governors to create similar bills up until it generates enough pressure for a federal bill to make it through capitol and to the presidents desk. The game is to paint the target and get others to start shooting until something gives.
Response: Florida does not host any of the social media giants. So, nothing will come out of it. The best the governor can do is to ask telcos to block Twitter and Facebook. And that will not happen. Banks block and ban customers. Even the state of Florida suspends voting rights for certain rule violations. So, this is all showbiz politica.
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