Saturday, May 08, 2021

Florida's anti-deplatforming law (regarding candidates) said to be probably unconstitutional


Fort Lauderdale, 2017

Kurt Opsahl of Electronic Frontier Foundation comes down on Florida for passing a law preventing a social media company from “knowingly deplatforming” a political candidate (SB7202).

The article goes back to a 1974 case, Miami Herald v. Tornillo, where a law requiring a paper to publish a candidate’s response to something, was unconstitutional as compelled speech from the government.

So, then, do all these big telecom providers, infrastructure companies, content distribution, and finally social media companies, amount to unelected government in fashioning what the public sees?  Unfortunately so, and the problem still seems to be monopolistic behavior and lack of competition.

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