The outcome was a win for two tech industry groups, NetChoice and the Computer and Communications Industry Association.
“When the state’s own lawyers can’t explain how the law works or even identify to whom it applies, there’s just no way that Florida’s enforcement of that law would keep users, creators, and advertisers safe from the tidal wave of offensive content and hate speech that would surely ensue,” said Carl Szabo, general counsel to NetChoice.
“America’s judiciary system is designed to protect our constitutional rights, and today’s ruling is no different, ensuring that Florida’s politically motivated law does not force Floridians to endure racial epithets, aggressive homophobia, pornographic material, beheadings, or other gruesome content just to use the internet,” he added.
“We’re pleased the court ensured that social media can remain family friendly by delaying Florida’s law from taking effect on July 1. This order protects private businesses against the state’s demand that social media carry user posts that are against their community standards. Even better, it lets social media provide high-quality services to their users while keeping them safe from the worst content posted by irresponsible users,” said Steve DelBianco, the organization’s president.