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Tech trade groups file lawsuit against Florida’s new social media law

Calling the legislation a “blatant attack” on the First Amendment rights of private businesses, the trade groups urged a federal court to declare SB 7072 unconstitutional and unenforceable.
The lawsuit filed by NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association — both of which count Facebook, Google and Twitter as members — alleges that the legislation unlawfully forces tech companies to host content they might otherwise prohibit under their platform policies.

“The law is crony capitalism masquerading as consumer protection,” said NetChoice VP Carl Szabo in a statement, adding that SB 7072 allows the state government to “pick winners and losers while clearly favoring a handful of powerful businesses like Disney and Comcast.”