Florida sued bill on social media, Verizon wants affordable priority, Facebook ends ban on manufactured viruses: broadband breakfast
June 1, 2021 – Two tech industry organizations, NetChoice and the Computing and Communications Industry Association, are suing Florida over its intention to limit the power of social media companies to monitor and remove content from their platforms.
The bill would make it illegal to ban any political candidate or Floridian journalistic effort, allow users to sue if they believe they have been unfairly banned, and place companies that break the law on a “blacklist” that prevents them. to do business with public entities in Florida.
The organizations, which represent companies like Amazon, Google, Intel, Samsung and Facebook, filed a lawsuit on May 27 claiming the legislation violates the constitutional rights of these private companies, calling it a “frontal attack on the First Amendment. “. The Verge reported last Thursday.
They argue that Florida does not have the legal authority to pass such a bill because it conflicts with both constitutional protections and federal law, Section 230, which provides protection against the liability of platforms against the publications of their users.
“The law is crony capitalism disguised as consumer protection”, Carl Szabo, Said the vice president of NetChoice.
Supporters of the bill argue that social media platforms have turned into public spaces and therefore individual deplatformance and censorship of content is a violation of the First Amendment.
Verizon CEO wants government to prioritize affordability over accessibility
As national discussion intensifies on how best to bridge the digital divide following President Biden’s broadband infrastructure package, Verizon Communications CEO Hans vestberg says policymakers should work to prioritize the affordability of broadband over affordability.
Fierce Telecom Vestberg reports argued last week that the digital divide is fueled by three main principles, including broadband access, affordability and usability. He says the government has already invested heavily to bring broadband to the underserved United States, making it accessible to everyone, but has done little to make it affordable.
Vestberg says he thinks “the government should work a lot more on subsidies” to make sure families can actually afford quality broadband before allocating money to “building products.” who do not respond to the demands of these families ”.
CEO of AT&T John stankey said at an online conference last week: “If we have the right policy for affordability, I think the infrastructure will be there. It’s about doing things to reform the Universal Service Fund and adopt an affordability policy so that those who may need a little help accessing this robust infrastructure that is underway builders actually get a little bit of the help they need. . “
Facebook no longer bans fabricated virus posts
Facebook announced that it will no longer ban posts alleging that Covid-19 is manufactured in Wuhan, China, a policy change that comes in response to the president Joe bidenthe order to investigate the origins of the viral epidemic.
“In light of ongoing investigations into the origin of COVID-19 and in consultation with public health experts, we will no longer remove the claim that COVID-19 is man-made or made from of our applications, ”Facebook said in a statement.
Posts alleging that the virus was man-made, as opposed to accidental, were previously considered conspiracy theory, and Facebook has blocked these types of posts to crack down on disinformation and stop the spread of hatred against the Chinese who was spreading in response to the pandemic.
however, Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he was “not convinced” that Covid-19 was developing naturally.