Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida may soon be signing a Republican-backed bill to penalize social media companies who ban politicians from their platform after the Florida Senate approved the proposal, according to Fox News.
The bill dictates that social media platforms who ban a Florida political candidate would face fines of $250,000 per day and $25,000 for other candidates.
Additionally, the media giants would be forced to publish standards on when their users could face a “ban” and give seven days’ notice to the user before implementing suspension.
“This bill is not about President Trump,” Republican Florida Rep. John Snyder said, according to the Sun-Sentinel. “This bill is about the 22 million Floridians and their First Amendment rights.”
DeSantis, a Republican and staunch conservative, has been outspoken about his opinion of companies such as Facebook and Twitter censoring free speech.
“The bill, SB 7072, applies to companies with more than 100 million monthly users – a standard that would affect Facebook and Twitter,” Fox News reported.
The network also reported that the GOP-controlled Florida Senate has already approved the bill in a 23-17 vote and the state’s House voted 77-37 in favor.
Not everyone is delighted with the new measure, however. Democratic Rep. Anna Eskamani said she believed that the exemption being made for Disney was “comical.”
“This exemption for companies that own theme parks is an example of the loophole in this bill,” Eskamani said. “This bill is really political in nature. It’s not about trying to impact the concerns of deplatforming. Now it’s catering to a specific company.”