Florida Anti-Censorship Bill Introduced, Widely Called ‘Loomer’s Law’

SB1266 will award a MINIMUM of $75,000 for each instance of censorship by social media platforms.

A press conference was held at the Florida State Capitol on Tuesday by state Sen. and GOP Chairman Joe Gruters where he, along with Jewish conservative firebrand Laura Loomer, announced a new bill that would allow Floridians the ability to sue social media companies that “deletes or censors the user’s religious speech or political speech; or uses an algorithm to disfavor or censure the user’s religious speech or political speech.”

The “Stop Social Media Censorship Act” (SB1266) is an extraordinarily momentous development for prominent conservatives who have been permanently banned from social media platforms for their views like Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos, Jacob Engels, Gavin McInnes, Alex Jones, and dozens more. The bill is not limited to conservatives and will apply to anyone censored by social media platforms with more than 75 million users, no matter where their beliefs lie on the political spectrum. If the bill is passed in the Florida State House it will award a MINIMUM of $75,000 in damages for each instance of censorship to those who have had their voices silenced in the 21st century public town square.

“The right of the First Amendment is extremely important, and censoring others you don’t agree with in the public sphere could lead to much bigger problems for the country in the long term.”

Sen. Gruters

Loomer has filed suit against Google, Facebook, and Twitter alleging antitrust violations as well as conspiring together in a concerted effort to run her off the internet by deplatforming her and in turn depersoning her. These are the same social media companies that allow dangerous terrorist groups like ISIS and ANTIFA (along with their leaders) to remain on their platforms.

With Loomer currently running against Democratic incumbent Rep. Lois Frankel in Florida’s 21st Congressional District, she is looking to enact similar legislation throughout the rest of the country. I spoke with Laura about the senator’s press conference where she explained the bill’s significant role in the preservation of our First Amendment rights online:

I was greatly appreciative of being invited by Senator Gruters to introduce his groundbreaking legislation that allows individuals to sue social media companies.

As the most-banned woman in the world, I know the devastating impact of being targeted by Big Tech. It goes beyond being unable to share an opinion on Twitter or Facebook. I’ve had my online banking suspended, my main sources of income completely cut off without notice, I can’t even get an Uber or Lyft to the hospital – all because I expressed political opinions that differ from the censors in Silicon Valley.

As a declared Congressional candidate for US Congress in Florida’s 21st Congressional district, big tech won’t even allow me to have campaign accounts. This is election interference.

Senator Gruters’ bill gives people like me and possibly thousands of other Floridians who have been targeted by Big Tech a chance to fight back.

Laura Loomer

Loomer plans to be the first to sue under the new legislation.

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