Federal Appeals Court Blocks Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Unconstitutional Social Media Law

A three-judge appellate court on Monday found that a Florida law aimed at social media networks like Facebook and Twitter in 2021 violates the corporations’ First Amendment rights.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals’ judgment on Monday upheld the majority of a preliminary injunction issued by the U.S. District Court in June.

Appellate Judge Kevin Newsom, quoted in a report by Miami Herald, emphasized in his 67-page unanimous opinion that “the government can’t tell a private person or entity what to say or how to say it.”

Newsom was joined by Judges Gerald Tjoflat and Ed Carnes. 

Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida has made the tech-targeting bill one of his top legislative objectives for 2021, claiming tech corporations of having a liberal bent and restricting Republican speech.

NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association, representing tech giants like Twitter, Facebook, and Google launched the complaint. 

State lawyers claimed that social media corporations are restricting users’ freedom of speech.

Newsom, on the other hand, consistently dismissed the state’s claims in his ruling on Monday saying that whatever the challenges of applying the Constitution in the advancing technology “do not vary when a new and different medium for communication appears”.

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