Progressive and Tech Groups Ask Appeals Court to Halt Florida Social Media Law
Ten organizations file amicus brief arguing that FL law will harm consumers
Nov 15, 2021

On Monday, a group of ten industry and civil society organizations filed an amicus brief urging a federal appeals court to oppose a new Florida law requiring social media platforms to carry hate speech, disinformation, and other harmful content. The law, signed by Governor Ron DeSantis in May, was enjoined by a U.S. District Court for violating the First Amendment. Florida’s attorney general appealed that decision and the case is now before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

See the Full Amicus Brief Here

The organizations filing today’s brief — including Chamber of Progress, Connected Commerce Council, Consumer Technology Association, Engine, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, LGBT Tech Institute, National Black Justice Coalition, Progressive Policy Institute, TechNet, and Washington Center for Technology Policy Inclusion — expressed their support for a preliminary injunction barring the law’s implementation. The brief supports NetChoice and the Consumer & Communications Industry Association’s challenge to the Florida law.

The brief argues that the new law hurts consumers by stopping online platforms from protecting against harmful content, writing:

“If the Act is enforced, consumers will lose the benefits of healthy, inclusive, and widely accessible online communities and services. Providers will be forced to change or significantly reduce their moderation practices to limit liability risk or change their products in ways that could transform the services they provide. As a result, consumers will be exposed to more scams, harassment, hate speech, explicit content, and misinformation, making online services more dangerous for vulnerable populations such as children, teens, and seniors, and inhospitable to frequently targeted communities.”

Chamber of Progress and several of the organizations joining today’s amicus brief filed a brief opposing the Florida law in June prior to the District Court’s decision. Many of the same groups have also teamed up to oppose a similar law in Texas that would require social companies to carry hate speech, misinformation and other harmful content.


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