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Tech groups ask feds to stop deplatforming bill from kicking in next month

That act (SB 7072) is set to take effect on July 1. But lawyers representing the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) and NetChoice, two internet interest lobbying associations that partner with Twitter and Google and others, asked the Northern District of Florida to halt the measure from kicking in.

CCIA and NetChoice filed a lawsuit last week arguing the law is a violation of free speech. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the measure earlier that week, arguing social media disproportionately punishes conservatives.

A preliminary injunction stops the law from taking effect while the state and tech groups litigate it, which NetChoice Vice President and General Counsel Carl Szabo said would protect social media groups’ First Amendment rights.