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One of the largest countries in the country is taking over Big Tech.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign a bill that would prevent social media companies Facebook, Twitter and Google from “deplatforming” politicians like former President Donald Trump from their platforms.

The bill was approved Thursday by the state-controlled state legislature.

He ordered social media companies to publish standards detailing when someone would be censored or blocked, and ordered companies to impose up to $ 250,000 daily fines for de-platforming a candidate from Florida. The bill also requires a social media company to notify users within seven days that they may be censored, giving them time to correct the publication.

Republican lawmakers in Florida say legislation is needed to limit the influence of leading social media companies on the national conversation.

“The purpose of this bill is to send a strong message to Silicon Valley that they are not the absolute arbiters of the truth,” said Republican John Snyder, a Republican from the Port St. Lucy area, on Wednesday, according to NBC News.

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“What this bill does is send a strong message that there is no star in the Constitution that says only a certain speech is free and protected,” he said.

Legislation is likely to face opposition in the industry. The NetChoice trade group says the bill violates the protection of freedom of speech.

“This bill abandons conservative values, violates the First Amendment, and would force websites to host anti-Semitic, racist and hateful content. Content moderation is critical to the Internet, which is safe and valuable for families and small businesses in Florida, but this bill would undermine this important ecosystem, “said Carl Szabo, vice president and chief adviser to NetChoice, in a statement to the United States.

Sabo also argued that the law would only make it harder for conservatives to hear their voices.

He told Florida lawmakers earlier this month that “conservative speech has never been stronger.”

“No longer just a handful of newspapers or networks, conservative messages can now reach billions of people on a variety of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Gab, Parler, Rumble and MeWe,” Sabo said. “We’ve seen an increase in conservative votes without having to ask for an Op-Ed in the Washington Post or the New York Times, or a CNN speaking slot. Social networks allow conservative voices to easily find conservative viewers. “

Conservatives have stepped up attacks on social media companies following the ejection of Trump and other conservatives following the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

DeSantis, a Republican and ally of Trump, condemned the “Silicon Valley oligarchs” for de-platforming Trump and other conservatives.

Without citing evidence, DeSantis said Facebook, Twitter and YouTube use their size, advertising power and global reach to influence thought and play favorites – being tougher on those commenting from the political right than from left.

DeSantis revived its criticism recently after the roundtable, which took place in March, was downloaded from YouTube as the governor and the scientists he invited were accused of spreading disinformation on COVID-19.

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If conservatives want to stay on social media platforms, they must follow the rules, State Secretary Carlos Guillermo Smith, a Democrat from the Orlando region, told NBC News.

“There is already a solution to de-platform candidates on social media: Stop trafficking in conspiracy theories. That’s the solution. Stop spreading misinformation if you’re a candidate or an active elected official. Stop retouching QAnon. Stop lying on social media,” Smith said. .

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