Former President Donald Trump told Fox Business on Thursday that Rudy Giuliani was “the greatest mayor in the history of New York”; and “the greatest patriot” (April 29).
One of the country’s largest states is entering Big Tech.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign a bill that will prevent Google’s social media company Facebook, Twitter and YouTube from “removing the platform” politicians such as former President Donald Trump from the platform. Oneself
The bill was approved Thursday by the Republican-controlled state legislature.
Directed social media companies to publish a standard with a detailed definition of when someone will be censored or blocked and cost companies a daily fine of up to $ 250,000 for a Florida candidate’s dismissal. The bill also requires social media companies to notify users within seven days that they may have been censored, giving them time to revise posts.
Republican lawmakers in Florida say legislation is needed to control the influence the nation’s top social media companies have on national conversations.
“The thing about this bill is it sends a loud message to Silicon Valley that they are not the real arbiter of truth,” said Republican State Representative John Snyder from the county. Port St. Lucie said on Wednesday, according to NBC News.
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“What this bill does is send out a loud message that the Constitution does not have an asterisk indicating that only certain words are free and protected,” he said.
The legislation is likely to face industry controversy, trade group NetChoice said the bill violates its defenses of free speech.
“The bill rejects conservative values, violates the First Amendment, and will force websites to host anti-Semitic, racist and hateful content. Content moderation is vital to a secure and valuable internet for Floridian’s families and small businesses, but the bill will disrupt this vital ecosystem, ”said Carl Szabo, vice president and general counsel of the NetChoice trade group, in a statement. USA TODAY Statement.
Szabo also said the legislation would only make it harder for conservatives to hear their voices.
He told Florida lawmakers earlier this month that
“It’s no longer limited to a handful of newspapers or networks, conservative messages reach billions of people across social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Gab, Parler, Rumble and MeWe,” Szabo said. We have seen a rise in conservative voices without requesting an Op-Ed in the Washington Post or New York Times or CNN talk channels. The social network has made it easy for conservative voices to find a conservative audience. ”
Conservatives have escalated to violent attacks on social media companies following the expulsion of Trump and other conservatives following the Jan. 6 attack on U.S. government agencies.
DeSantis, a Republican and a Trump ally, has condemned the “Silicon Valley authority” for destroying the Trump platform and other conservatives.
DeSantis said Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are using their size, advertising power and global reach to influence the idea and play of their favorites without citing evidence, which would be more severe for those who made comments from the official right-wing. The hands are more than the left.
DeSantis revived his criticism recently after a roundtable he held in March was removed from YouTube because the governor and the scientist he invited was accused of broadcasting misinformation of COVID-19.
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If conservatives want to stay on social media platforms, they should follow the rule, state representative Carlos Gillermo Smith of the Orlando-based Democrat told NBC News.
“There is already a solution to the problem of changing the candidate platform on social media: stop human trafficking in conspiracy theories, that is, the solution, stop pushing the wrong information if you are a candidate or an acquired position). Elections stop retweeting QAnon, stop lying on social media, ”Smith said.
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