“Politicians, when they pass bills like this, they say these big social media platforms they’re violating your First Amendment rights; it’s actually quite the opposite,” said legal expert Anthony Marcum of the R-Street Institute. “When government passes restrictive laws like this, they are violating the company’s First Amendment rights.”

“It looks absurd, and the judge mentioned this,” said Marcum. “When you treat speakers differently and you have carve-outs like this that seem strange and serve no purpose in reigning in big tech, that’s usually a good clue that you have a First Amendment problem.”