Florida intervened in the discussion about how long social media can suspend a politician’s access to his/her account. Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that can penalize companies for shutting users off from their accounts. An account can be suspended for maximum 14 days, US media reports.
Facebook’s Oversight Board recently agreed with the company’s management that it was correct to suspend ex-president Donald Trump from his account in connection with the riots at the Capitol Hill on January 6 but said the management should have included a decision on for how long the account would be closed.
The board gave Facebook management maximum six months to react to the board’s comments about the suspended Trump’s accounts on Facebook and Instagram. No date has been announced for when an answer from the management can be expected.
BBC reports that DeSantis has been vocal about Big Tech, arguing that platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are silencing conservative voices. He has been quoted saying that Big Tech had “come to look more like Big Brother”.