Florida Strikes Back!

We’ve long known that for Republicans, the price of free speech is buying your own media outlet (Hi, Rupert!), but times are a-changing in the age of Social Media. So imagine our surprise to learn that the Coup Klux Klan are trying to shut-down social media in the Gret Stet of Floriduh.

The NYTimes tells us…

“Florida on Monday became the first state to regulate how companies like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter moderate speech online, by imposing fines on social media companies that permanently bar political candidates in the state.

“The law, signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, is a direct response to Facebook’s and Twitter’s bans of former President Donald J. Trump in January.”

Our pals over at Electoral-Vote tell us:

The main provisions of the law are as follows:

  • Removal of posts from large news outlets would be forbidden.
  • Banning any candidate for any office being voted on by Floridians would be forbidden.
  • Fines for violations of either of the two previous rules would range from $25,000 to $250,000 per day.
  • Private citizens would be allowed to sue social media outlets that are “inconsistently” applying their content moderation rules.
  • Companies are exempt from the law if they own a theme park or another type of entertainment venue bigger than 25 acres.

…and so you can see some of the legal problems right off the bat(shit)

  • The definition of a news outlet, let alone the ward Large: Hello, Infowars!
  • Banning any candidate for any office: Hello Hair Füror’s 2024 Goat Rodeo; also hello to any crank who files papers!
  • Private Citizens? Hello millions of frivolous lawsuits from Possum Hollar taking up all the oxygen in the courts!
  • Theme parks? Welcome to Twitterland Floriduh! Welcome to Facebook Funhouse Floriduh! They just gotta buy 30 acres of swamp and they are back in bidness!

This is probably completely unenforceable. (Forbes)
It will be laughed out of court. (Wired $)

This is a DeSantis stunt for an audience of one (and for his own 2024 Goat Rodeo ambitions to get Possum Hollar to eventually back him), so expect before the day is out that Lord Damp Nut will fire up the awesome power of his media platform (blog) and luxuriate in this nonsense.

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6 Responses to Florida Strikes Back!

  1. roket says:

    It’s extremely hard to regulate something when the idiots in charge have no idea how it works.

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  2. Infidel753 says:

    It’s not about making an actual law that will survive court challenges or be enforceable. It’s about impressing Trump and staying on his good side so that DeSanitize will get his endorsement for whatever he runs for next.

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  3. Sirius Lunacy says:

    Heh, I have a few acres of swampland I inherited. I will contact the owners of the adjoining swampland and maybe we can make a profit with this.

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  4. Scottiestoybox says:

    Hello TG. One thing that bothers me is the way DeSantis is describing this to the rubes, and the opposite way he is saying it would work to the real press. When I first read reports of this from the Desantis press conference his remarks were focused on the moderation polices and making sure they were open and transparent while being applied evenly. But when you read what the bills really say like you are reporting it is a clearly different animal totally.

    Also what is with the rush to claim everyone in the state has standing to sue. Standing is something the courts take seriously, and like the anti-abortion law in Texas simply encourages everyone with enough couch cushion money to feel like they are avenging angels taking on the hoard of Santan? You mention clogging the courts, but could this be a way to stoke the base to further pack the court with ideologs when the cult followers get laughed at from the bench? There seems to be a behind the scenes game here I am not sure of nor what the rules are. Hugs

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  5. At last! Hey Faceberg and Jack Dorsey, have I got some swampland in Florida to sell you.

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  6. Meremark says:

    The stupids would overstep civil bounds farther and farther until civil society is forced to institutionalize them as crazy. At which point, 1) they’re happy to be waited on at state expense in t il the end of their lazy days, and 2) lawyers are happy charging bull able hours to argue that ‘crazy’ is not a provable condition since psychology is not scientific.

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