Content Moderation

05/28/2021

Tech Groups Sue To Stop Ron DeSantis’ Assault on Online Free Speech

Carl Szabo
Carl Szabo Vice President and General Counsel

A lawsuit was inevitable. On Thursday, NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association, two organizations that represent the interests of companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Google, teamed up to sue Florida in federal court, asking for the court to find the law unconstitutional for violating the First and 14th Amendments and to enjoin the state from enforcing the law.

“We cannot stand idly by as Florida’s lawmakers push unconstitutional bills into law that bring us closer to state-run media and a state-run internet,” NetChoice Vice President and General Counsel Carl Szabo noted in a prepared statement. “The First Amendment protects social media platforms’ right to host and moderate content as they see fit for their business models and users.”

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