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07/08/2021

Donald Trump Sues Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, CEOs In Latest Social Media Battle

Carl Szabo
Carl Szabo Vice President and General Counsel

Trump’s announcement comes on the heels of an injunction blocking Florida’s new social media law, SB 7072, from taking effect, on the grounds that it is both overbroad and a violation of the social media companies’ own First Amendment rights. The law would restrict online platforms from banning or suspending politicians, and allow politicians to sue if they were removed from a platform. In his decision, Judge Robert Hinkle of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida equated the law to “burning the house to roast a pig.” While the law has a chance of going into effect (Governor DeSantis’ office announced they plan to immediately appeal), Hinkle said he granted the injunction because the plaintiffs were likely to prevail on the merits of their challenge, and also pointed to the apparent conflict with Section 230. The plaintiffs, NetChoice and the Computer and Communications Industry Association, both count Facebook, Twitter, and Google as members.

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