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Saturday, May 01, 2021

A controversial new bill that would stop tech companies from deplatforming politicians has been approved by both houses in Florida's legislature. The bill must now be signed off by Trump ally, Governor Ron DeSantis.



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What'll the Florida Legislature think of next. See Joseph Goebbels.

#1 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-05-01 02:19 AM | Reply

Twitter should ban all politicians that voted for this 'law'. Then sue.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2021-05-01 09:15 AM | Reply

This will be an interesting case for the courts if it passes.

If social media platforms can prove they aren't biased and fairly apply standards, they should be able to ban whomever.

#3 | Posted by eberly at 2021-05-01 09:21 AM | Reply

Next they'll make it against the law to refuse to bake cakes for child molesting Republican politicians.

I like Bored's idea in #2.

I'm so embarrassed by the state I was born and raised in.

#4 | Posted by YAV at 2021-05-01 09:35 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This is truly disgusting. This poor state, as I former resident I almost understand what Native Americans in Florida have went through being invaded and rooted out by the White man.

Florida has always been crazy, but not majority crazy like now. The crazies have taken over like cancer.

#5 | Posted by bocaink at 2021-05-01 10:14 AM | Reply

As "a" former resident, not "I" former resident

#6 | Posted by bocaink at 2021-05-01 10:14 AM | Reply

Florida Plans to Fine Social Media for Banning Politicians

And how do they plan to enforce such a fine? I don't believe any of these companies are headquartered or even have offices in Florida. Maybe Florida would kidnap and hold for ransom a tech executive if (s)he were traveling thru or visiting the state.

#7 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2021-05-01 10:33 AM | Reply

Political theatre.

#8 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2021-05-01 10:37 AM | Reply

Florida is crap. I'll be happy when it's underwater.

#9 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-05-01 10:41 AM | Reply

They're private entities. They can ban whomever the hell they want.

#10 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-05-01 10:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I guess we're finally going to see the supreme court decide that freedom of association includes a legal right to exclude people based on political ideology.

#11 | Posted by Tor at 2021-05-01 11:06 AM | Reply

@#11 ... to exclude people based on political ideology. ...

If "political ideology" includes threatening people with violence, perhaps the exclusion is worthwhile.

In other words, the bans of politicians were based upon behavior, not ideology.

So how does a private company handle it when one particular party seems to be unable to follow its participation rules, and behaves poorly?

#12 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-05-01 11:28 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Yeah, good luck with that.

#13 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-05-01 01:10 PM | Reply

This act is nothing more than theater, it is like kissing Donald Trump's ass the legislature also sticking their tongues into his ass. Such craven activity should be ridiculed nationwide. Let's all hope that the Justice Dept. destroys Donald Trump once and for all with evidence obtained from ass licker Giuliani. DeSantis proves daily that he will kiss Donald's ass in the most intimate ways, I am ashamed to be a Floridian. That said, these are private companies and can ban anyone they want. Trump should have been banned from Twitter, Facebook and every other decent platform years ago. He was crying about stolen elections before we even had an election. He caused the Jan. 6 insurrection and he should face charges for doing it. BTW, that coward told his supporters he was going to be there with them....where was he. Oh, in the WH watching it happen on TV.
All of you who, somehow, still respect Trump are today just jokes. Every last one of you is a laughable moron.

#14 | Posted by danni at 2021-05-01 01:23 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 3

It seemed reasonable to everyone when ISIS repeatedly got kicked off social media over their insane political ideology.

trump also deserved his tali-ban.

#15 | Posted by Tor at 2021-05-01 02:19 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

The government controlling how private businesses operate is socialism.

Florida is a state of impotent men trying to prove they're great.

No wonder the state is in the shape of a flaccid penis.

#16 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-05-01 02:29 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Disney gets special "theme park" exception to Florida's anti-tech bill

...Both houses of Florida's Republican-controlled legislature have passed new legislation banning social media companies from deplatforming political candidates or censoring large journalistic organizations. Gov. Ron DeSantis has expressed support for the bill and is expected to sign it into law.

Tech companies could be fined as much as $250,000 per day if they deplatform a statewide political candidate in the state. Critics argue that the bill is likely to be struck down as unconstitutional. That seems especially likely because the bill is broad and vaguely worded.

But at least one company won't have to worry about the legislation: Disney. A last-minute amendment to the bill provides that it doesn't apply to a "company that owns and operates a theme park or entertainment complex" -- like Disney World.

In a Friday interview, Republican state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, a bill sponsor, said the exemption was passed to make sure that the Disney+ streaming service "isn't caught up in this." The legislation applies to any service with more than 100 million users or at least $100 million in revenue. Disney+ has almost 100 million customers and far more than $100 million in annual revenue....

[emphasis mine]

#17 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-05-01 04:47 PM | Reply


Facebook World and Twitterland coming soon.

#18 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2021-05-01 04:50 PM | Reply

Facebook World and Twitterland coming soon.

Why bother spending money on all that when you can spend a few bucks on bottom of the barrel, freshly passed the bar exam lawyers who'd be capable of getting this law before a judge to render it unconstitutional?

This ---- is amazingly absurd.

#19 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-05-01 05:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


It might be cheaper but my way is a way more fun way of thumbing your nose at authoritarians.

With a market cap of 840B and 44B respectively a few hundred million to open a theme park wouldn't exactly hurt either company and might even produce a revenue stream.

#20 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2021-05-01 06:28 PM | Reply

Where are all the free-marketeers to decry the state's interference with private enterprise?

#21 | Posted by cbob at 2021-05-02 10:33 AM | Reply

#21 | Posted by cbob

"Free-marketer" is another term for "lying hypocrite".

They know what to avoid.

#22 | Posted by Angrydad at 2021-05-02 01:38 PM | Reply

If social media platforms can prove they aren't biased and fairly apply standards, they should be able to ban whomever.

Social media companies don't have to prove anything. The government needs to prove they are not violating the first amendment rights of the social media businesses with this law.

#23 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-05-02 03:47 PM | Reply

"The government needs to prove they are not violating the first amendment rights of the social media businesses with this law."

Freedom of assembly clause?

#24 | Posted by Tor at 2021-05-02 03:52 PM | Reply

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