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The law would make it easier for Florida’s electoral commission to punish social media companies that banned political candidates in the run-up to an election. | Oli Schal / AFP / Getty Images
A federal judge on Wednesday issued an injunction against Florida’s new social media law, which conservatives took as a means of combating perceived censorship of online platforms against former President Donald Trump following the January 6th Capitol riots.
The law, due to go into effect Thursday, FL SB 7072, was a top priority for Republican Governor Ron DeSantis and would make it easier for the state’s electoral commission to punish social media companies that banned political candidates in the run-up to an election campaign have a choice, with fines ranging from $ 25,000 to $ 250,000 per day.
The regulation: District Court judge Robert Hinkle said the plaintiffs – tech industry groups NetChoice and the Computer and Communications Industry Association, which includes major platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Google – were likely to break the law with their allegation is unconstitutional, would prevail on the first amendment to the constitution. When the law was signed last month, legal experts were quick to question the validity of the law.