Source: Autumn Johnson
Alabama is the eleventh state to join Florida’s fight against Big Tech.
Florida S.B. 7072 allows Floridians to sue Big Tech companies if they feel they have been unfairly censored and also allows Florida’s attorney general to sue as well.
Steve Marshall, Alabama’s Attorney General, joined Florida, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina, and Texas in an effort to push back against Big Tech’s efforts to take legal action against the Florida law.
“For daring to protect her citizens’ freedom of speech, Florida is being demonized by the giants of Big Tech, which have the gall to claim that invalidating the Sunshine State’s anti-censorship law is necessary ‘to protect Florida consumers, small businesses, and free speech,'” Marshall said.
Marshall added that Alabama “is keenly aware of the menace of Big Tech censorship, and has recently launched — along with the State of Louisiana — a ‘Social Media Censorship Complaint Form’ that allows members of the public to file a formal complaint if they have been censored on social media.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the bill into law in May, but a federal judge in June temporarily prevented the law from being enforced and said parts of the law may violate the First Amendment.
NetChoice, a trade association that sued under the law, said it was “elated” by the June ruling.
“America’s judiciary system is designed to protect our constitutional rights, and today’s ruling is no different, ensuring that Florida’s politically motivated law does not force Floridians to endure racial epithets, aggressive homophobia, pornographic material, beheadings, or other gruesome content just to use the internet,” NetChoice’s statement read.