Florida AG, election commissioners sued over 'big tech' crackdown law

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A lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court challenges a new Florida law Gov. Ron DeSantis signed this week that would crack down on “big tech” companies that de-platform political candidates.

The complaint claims the law violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments, and unfairly targets certain companies, while making exemptions to others that have a large revenue presence in Florida, such as Disney and Universal.

The plaintiffs include two nonprofit organizations based in Washington, D.C.: NetChoice and Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA). Associates and members of the organizations include companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo, Verizon, TikTok, Dish, Samsung, Uber, Lyft, Pinterest and eBay, among others.

The lawsuit names Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and several commissioners of the Florida Elections Commission as defendants, not the governor. Gov. Ron DeSantis made this piece of legislation a top priority since early February after several companies de-platformed notable users and websites that had been accused of spreading misinformation and conspiracy theories.

The most notable person was former President Donald Trump, whose ban from social media following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol sparked debate among lawmakers as to the influence social media companies have on the nation’s conversations.

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