Florida is urging the Supreme Court to intervene in the state’s dispute with major tech companies over how social media platforms can restrict or block people and content online, undermining free speech rights in the digital age. A major legal battle could ensue.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, a Republican, asked the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that blocked the Sunshine State’s law barring social media companies from banning candidates and removing content. could

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled in May that social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook likely have a First Amendment right to decide what goes on their platforms. And a federal court decision to block enforcement of certain provisions of the law has been upheld. .

Ms. Modi requested the Supreme Court to overturn the actions of the lower courts. It also pressed the justices to answer whether the Constitution prevents states from forcing social media companies to host content and prevents states from forcing tech platforms to explain their censorship decisions. Is.

“Under the Eleventh Circuit’s reasoning, social media people have a First Amendment right to cut anyone from Modern Town Square for any reason, even when they don’t follow their rules or Otherwise acting in bad faith,” Smt. Modi wrote in the petition filed on Wednesday. “This order abrogates states’ historic power to protect their citizens’ access to information, raising questions of national importance.”

Tech trade groups challenging the Florida law are welcoming the high court showdown.

NetChoice vice president and general counsel Carl Zabo said his trade group agrees the Supreme Court should hear the Florida case and said his team is confident it will prevail. . Her organization published Ms Moody’s petition on its website. The bottom line for tech firms is that they shouldn’t be forced to put up posts on their sites that violate their terms of service and guidelines.

“We look forward to seeing Florida in court and upholding the lower court’s decision,” Mr. Zebo said in a statement. “We have the Constitution and more than a century of precedent on our side.”

Ms. Moody also cited a split in federal appeals courts on issues related to moderation of social media content in urging the Supreme Court to take up her case. Florida’s attorney general noted that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in favor of a similar Texas law, rejecting the argument that companies have a constitutional right to restrict speech on their online platforms. Is.

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