State denied additional time to develop defense of big tech censorship law
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CAPITOL NEWS SERVICE) – A federal judge has rejected the state’s request for more time to defend the new social media censorship law, which comes into effect on July 1.
The law provides for penalties of up to $ 250,000 per day for the downgrading of political candidates.
Hoping to have more time to develop a defense, the state has said it will delay enforcement until August 1.
NetChoice vice chairman Carl Szabo said the state should not have been caught off guard by the lawsuit.
“The state knew time and time again that they were going to be tested on this trial,” Szabo said. “Everything they complain about, they’ve known for months.”
He added that the state’s proposed deal offered little, if any, protection to social media companies.
“The state can delay application, that does not mean that it will delay the accumulation of penalties for future application,” Szabo said.
The state’s agreement would also have done nothing to prevent a flood of civil litigation from individual users, who by law are allowed to sue if they believe they are being misrepresented to. wrong.
“In short, the state was not offering much and the burdens the bill creates would have persisted on our members,” said Matthew Schrues, president of the Computer & Communications Industry Association. “The only significant relief we can get at this point is a swift ruling on the merits that this law is unconstitutional.”
The judge ruled in favor of the tech companies and rejected the state’s request.
Szabo said he was convinced the law would never see the light of day.
“It doesn’t take a rock star to know that this law is unconstitutional and goes against the First Amendment. The state just can’t go after a private industry and tell them they have to say something the state wants you to say, ”Szabo said.
A hearing on tech companies’ demand to block the law from coming into force is set for June 28.
A decision is expected before the date of entry into force of the law on July 1.
While tech companies have said they are confident they will win in the end, we have also been told that they expect the case to drag on appeal and potentially before the Supreme Court of the States – United.