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Florida: First state to pass a law that will punish social media sites with fines up to $250,000 a day from “deplatforming” politicians

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is going to sign the bill to prohibit social medial platforms from permanently deleting or banning political candidates. The bill will allow Florida’s elections commission to punish social media companies who ban politicians from their platform to be fined $25,000 a day if a political candidate is deplatformed and $250,000 if the politician is a statewide candidate seeking public office.

DeSantis condemned the “oligarcs in Silicon Valley” for deplatforming his close political ally, former president Donald Trump, and other conservative. In March, reported that YouTube removed DeSantis’s roundtable with a claim that the governor and scientist he invited were accused of airing COVID-19 misinformation.

The Democratic party claim that this new bill is a political reaction to former President Trump being banned from Facebook and Twitter.

‘This bill is not about President Trump,’ Republican state Rep. John Snyder rebutted. ‘This bill is about the 22 million Floridians and their First Amendment rights.’