Florida passes social media bill that would punish companies for banning politicians

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is expected to approve a new social media bill that would hit social media platforms with fines of $250,000 per day for banning a Florida political candidate.

The bill is backed by state Republican lawmakers and was approved by the GOP-controlled Florida Senate in a 23-17 vote. The state’s House also voted 77-37 to approve the bill.

Per Fox News “under the legislation, social media platforms would face fines of $250,000 per day for banning a Florida political candidate and $25,000 for other candidates. Platforms would also be required to publish standards on when users could face bans and to provide seven days of notice to candidates who face a potential suspension.

Florida Rep. John Snyder said “this bill is not about President Trump. This bill is about the 22 million Floridians and their First Amendment rights.”

“The bill, SB 7072, applies to companies with more than 100 million monthly users – a standard that would affect Facebook and Twitter. Republicans, including DeSantis, have long accused social media platforms of attempting to silence conservative voices,” the report adds.