Ron DeSantis is working hard to ensure Democrats have to play by the same rules.
Their powerful allies are giving them a huge amount of underhanded help.
Ron DeSantis got a disturbing ruling from a judge that threw a wrench in his plans.
During the presidential election, Twitter stopped its users from posting about the scandalous email sent by Hunter Biden in the middle of the 2020 presidential race.
They claimed that the emails were hacked material even though Biden reportedly abandoned his computer at a Delaware computer repair shop.
It’s clear that Big Tech is using its massive amount of power in ways that influence America’s elections.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis tried to address the problem in a recently passed law, however, it received a massive setback.
The law would impose fines on any tech company that suspends or bans a Florida political candidate. It would also stop tech companies from using algorithms that suppress certain content.
However, Judge Robert Hinkle, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, ruled that the law violated the First Amendment and that Florida cannot enforce it until a final ruling is issued.
“Balancing the exchange of ideas among private speakers is not a legitimate governmental interest,” Hinkle wrote in his order Wednesday evening. “And even aside from the actual motivation for this legislation, it is plainly content-based and subject to strict scrutiny.”
“It is also subject to strict scrutiny because it discriminates on its face among otherwise-identical speakers,” he continued.
Hinkle continued, claiming that parts of the law were “expressly preempted” by federal law. The judge asked present lawyers during a hearing if they had ever seen a more poorly-written law, according to TechFreedom.
“We are disappointed by Judge Hinkle’s ruling and disagree with his determination that the U.S. Constitution protects Big Tech’s censorship of certain individuals and content over others,” a DeSantis spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation in a statement. “We plan to immediately appeal to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
“Governor DeSantis continues to fight for freedom of speech and against Big Tech’s discriminatory censorship,” the statement continued.
Technology trade groups NetChoice and the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) are representing Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Twitter and claimed that DeSantis’ law was a “smorgasbord of constitutional violations.”
“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 said in a May 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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