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Two groups representing Big Tech have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Florida’s new “deplatforming” law. The bill, passed by the GOP-dominated state Legislature and signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis on May 1, makes it a crime to remove state political candidates from Twitter and Facebook, and assigns penalties of $250,000 a day for any statewide candidate who is deplatformed. Removing more local candidates would cost the company $25,000 a day. The bill also requires tech companies to give users seven days’ notice that they are at risk of being banned and offer them the opportunity to correct the issue. Suspensions of up to 14 days would still be allowed. DeSantis has said the law protects citizens from online censorship. The suit, filed by NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association, asked the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida to overturn the law, claiming that it “infringes on the rights to freedom of speech, equal protection, and due process protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments,” and that it exceeds the state’s authority to regulate interstate commerce.

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