Babylon Bee joins legal battle in support of Florida law fighting social media censorship - Christian Post

The Babylon Bee, a popular Christian satire website, has joined a legal battle over a new Florida law that, among other things, seeks to prevent social media platforms from censoring certain viewpoints.

Earlier this year, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 7072 into law that protects users by prohibiting social media sites from censoring or deplatforming people or organizations they disagree with and requires big tech companies to comply with federal and state laws, among numerous other compliance standards.

Babylon Bee LLC and Not the Bee LLC, the latter being a straight news website, filed an amicus brief on Wednesday in the case of NetChoice LLC, et al.

In their brief, The Bee and Not the Bee expressed support for the Florida law, with the Christian sites noting their own history of being censored by major social media outlets.

They also stated that they support "a desire for an intellectually diverse social media universe in which all Americans - including those of the religious center-right - have an equal platform to advocate their views."

"At a minimum, Amici want social media platforms to transparently announce and evenhandedly apply their content standards, as Florida's Senate Bill 7072 requires them to do," the amicus brief continued.

The two Christian websites are being represented by the First Liberty Institute, a conservative law firm based in Plano, Texas.

"If Big Tech censors enforce rules inconsistently, to discriminate in favor of the dominant Silicon Valley ideology, they will now be held accountable."

The Act was scheduled to take effect on July 1 U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle of the Northern Districtof Florida issued a preliminary injunction against parts of the law.


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