Content Moderation

05/24/2021

NetChoice opposes signing of Florida law SB 7072

Carl Szabo
Carl Szabo Vice President and General Counsel

Today, NetChoice opposed the signing of Florida law SB 7072 by Governor DeSantis — a bill designed to prevent content moderation by social media platforms.

“The First Amendment prohibits the government from compelling or controlling speech on private websites,” said Carl Szabo, Vice President and General Counsel at NetChoice. “If this law could somehow be enforced, it would allow lawful but awful user posts including pornography, violence, and hate speech that will make it harder for families to safely navigate online.”

“By forcing websites to host speech, this bill takes us closer to a state-run internet where the government can cherry pick winners and losers,” continued Szabo. “By carving out companies like Disney and Universal, Florida’s legislature revealed its anti-tech fervor and true intent to punish social media for allegations of anti-conservative bias.”

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