Ron DeSantis, Ashley Moody diverge on teen social media ban

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The AG is less worried than the Governor about the bill passing muster with courts, which have spiked similar measures elsewhere.

Daylight has emerged between the state’s Attorney General and Governor regarding a controversial House bill (HB 1) banning anyone under the age of 16 from social media.

The bill, a priority of House Speaker Paul Renner, was passed despite legal challenges in Utah and Ohio, matters that don’t concern the state’s chief legal officer if her recent comments are any indication.

“I think you’re going to see leaders all over the nation that are parents.  We all have children. Folks are getting to our children, and adults (who) want to do them harm are getting to our children through social media. Our children are being exposed to inappropriate material; they’re being addicted online. We have to do something to stand up for our kids. I’m proud of the state of Florida, (which) is exploring ways to do that. And I think you’re going to see that all over the nation,” AG Ashley Moody said on Fox News Friday.

Gov. Ron DeSantis worries that the courts may not see it that way, “There have been other states that have tried to do similar things that have met resistance in the courts,” he said. “Not to say courts are always right about this, but anything I do, I want a pathway for this to actually stick.”

While the House passed the bill, momentum in the Senate has stalled. Sen. Erin Grall’s SB 1788 has yet to get a committee hearing, though the Senate could simply take up the House product. However, the Governor’s comments suggest it may be easier to get the bill through the Legislature than through the judicial system.


Jacob Ogles contributed reporting.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • PeterH

    January 27, 2024 at 1:37 pm

    Is Florida planning on establishing a new policing enforcement bureau to monitor 15 year old online activity?

  • Impeach Biden

    January 27, 2024 at 2:27 pm

    Unenforceable, and it tramples on parents rights.

  • Rob

    January 27, 2024 at 2:48 pm

    What happened to our vote for less government? Florida looks like it depends on government for everything 🤷

    • Cheesy Floridian

      January 29, 2024 at 8:57 am

      With the republicans in charge and they have been for about 20 + years they want more power.

  • JD

    January 27, 2024 at 3:13 pm

    Mark the calendars. I agree with IB on both accounts.

  • MH/Duuuval

    January 28, 2024 at 12:34 pm

    Moody would be better off tending to her knitting. She is spending way too much time and money on partisan lawsuits with the other MAGA state AGs. Ironically, the opioid suit she is involved in exclude Publix, which the citizens found out only recently — thanks to mainstream media — was increasing sales of opioids even as the rest of the nation was becoming concerned about the increasing number of deaths. (Might have something to do with the hundreds of thousands of dollars Publix gave the MAGAmites in Florida, including Moody.)

  • Cheesy Floridian

    January 29, 2024 at 8:56 am

    I thought Ron didn’t want to have anything to do with China. Why is he copying their laws?

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