Florida Taps Supreme Court to Decide Future of Social Media Regulation

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, a Republican, petitioned the Supreme Court on Wednesday to overturn a federal court decision that struck down large portions of the state’s law banning social media companies from de-platforming political candidates.

The petition is in response to a May decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit that held it is unconstitutional for the state to block social media companies from banning politicians, a victory for Big Tech companies that sought to block the law from taking effect.

Moody wrote that the 11th Circuit ruling “strips States of their historic power to protect their citizens’ access to information, implicating questions of nationwide importance,” according to court filings.

The attorney general also mentioned a recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruling in favor of a similar law in Texas, which blocks companies from removing online posts based on a person’s political disposition.

Because the appeals court decisions conflict, Moody argues the high court should resolve the differences. (Read more from “Florida Taps Supreme Court to Decide Future of Social Media Regulation” HERE)

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