Florida asks Supreme Court to decide fight over social media regulation

Florida is asking the US highest court to settle the dispute over the language regulation in social media. The Washington Post Notes that the Attorney General has asked the Supreme Court to determine whether states are violating the First Amendment right to free speech by requiring social media platforms to host speeches they would otherwise block and whether to provide statements can request when platforms remove posts.

In his argument, Florida argued that the court needed to address conflicting judgments. While a 5th Circuit Court upheld a Texas law allowing users to sue social networks for alleged censorship, an 11th Circuit Court ruled that Florida violated the First Amendment with important parts of a law that prevents internet companies from banning politicians .

Supporters of the Florida and Texas laws have argued the measures are necessary to combat alleged censorship of conservative views on platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Legislators have maintained that social networks, like phone providers, are shared carriers and must therefore carry all language that is not otherwise illegal. Companies, on the other hand, believe laws like these are unconstitutional and would force them to host hate speech, propaganda and spam from hostile governments. They say the constitutional amendment is designed to protect against government censorship and that private outlets have the right to choose what to host.

How the Supreme Court will rule is unclear. With conservative judges dominating the legislature, the court granted an emergency motion that put Texas law on hold before it was confirmed in the 5th circuit last week. The higher court has yet to make a final decision on the matter, and a decision in Florida’s favor could also help more liberal states with their own proposed legislation requiring more transparency on hate speech and threats.

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