Florida to introduce fines for blocking politicians on social networks

In the U.S. state of Florida will be fined for blocking the accounts of campaigners in social networks. The corresponding bill was signed by the governor of the state Ron Desantis on Monday, May 24.

“Florida residents are assured protection from Silicon Valley’s ability to restrict free speech, thought and content,” the governor said on Twitter.

He noted that the fine would be $250,000 per day if a Florida candidate’s account is blocked and $25,000 otherwise. The bill applies to social networks with more than 100 million monthly users (for example, Facebook and Twitter), said Desantis.

The law would also require notifying politicians about the decision to block seven days before the decision.

On May 7, Twitter blocked an account for copying statements from former U.S. President Donald Trump’s website. According to Trump spokesman Jason Miller, the account was not created by or with the permission of individuals affiliated with the former president.

The politician’s pages were then blocked by the social networks Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitch.

On May 4, Trump launched donaldjtrump.com, where he communicates with his supporters.