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Tech companies sue to block Florida ‘deplatforming’ law

The suit, filed by NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association, asked the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida to overturn the law, claiming that it “infringes on the rights to freedom of speech, equal protection, and due process protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments,” and that it exceeds the state’s authority to regulate interstate commerce. It also goes counter to the Communications Decency Act, the suit claims.

The groups argue that the law targets the tech giants they represent, and is a “blatant attack” on their efforts to moderate content from a long list of “harmful, offensive or unlawful material,” including pornography, terrorist incitement, false propaganda and conspiracy theories, personal privacy violations and even online scams.