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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

A Florida law intended to punish social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter for allegedly discriminating against conservative thought is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment ...

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... A Florida law intended to punish social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, dealing a major victory to companies who had been accused by GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis of discriminating against conservative thought.

A three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously concluded that it was overreach for DeSantis and the Republican-led Florida Legislature to tell the social media companies how to conduct their work under the Constitution's free speech guarantee.

"Put simply, with minor exceptions, the government can't tell a private person or entity what to say or how to say it," said Circuit Judge Kevin Newsom, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, in the opinion. "We hold that it is substantially likely that social media companies " even the biggest ones " are private actors whose rights the First Amendment protects."

The ruling upholds a similar decision by a Florida federal district judge on the law, which was signed by DeSantis in 2021. It was part of an overall conservative effort to portray social media companies as generally liberal in outlook and hostile to ideas outside of that viewpoint, especially from the political right....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-05-23 04:52 PM | Reply

HAHAHAHAHA.

DeSanturd gets slapped...again.

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2022-05-24 08:21 AM | Reply

Why do the assh**es that claim to love the constitution violate it all the time?

#3 | Posted by Nixon at 2022-05-24 11:41 AM | Reply

Republicans all dream of being kings.

#4 | Posted by ClownShack at 2022-05-24 12:09 PM | Reply

"the government can't tell a private person or entity what to say or how to say it."

That's what "freedom of speech" is all about, Charlie Brown.

#5 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-05-24 12:49 PM | Reply

If Der Dotard wants back on Twitter, he will have to buy the company himself, which could happen because he's really, really rich. Or so he thinks...

#6 | Posted by catdog at 2022-05-24 01:03 PM | Reply

@#5

It seems that the Conservatives, while ranting about their freedom of speech being denied, actually tried to suppress the freedom of speech of others.

Will the Conservatives ever realize that their beef is not with freedom of speech. Their beef is with being held accountable for violating the rules of service that they agreed to when they signed up for the various services.

What is it about Conservatives and their apparent inability to not break the rules, or even, not break the law?


#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-05-24 01:05 PM | Reply

"What is it about Conservatives and their apparent inability to not break the rules, or even, not break the law?"

Stinkerbell and/or ironskull should be along shortly to set you straight.

#8 | Posted by Angrydad at 2022-05-24 01:56 PM | Reply

Oops they done it again!

#9 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-05-24 02:56 PM | Reply

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