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Governor Ron DeSantis: “The core issue here is this: Are consumers going to have the choice to consume the information they choose, or are oligarchs in Silicon Valley going to make those choices for us?”
Florida’s governor is taking aim at tech giants. Republican governor Ron DeSantis announced a bill Tuesday to slap social media companies with a daily fine of $100,000 as punishment for deplatforming political candidates.
In Tuesday’s press conference, DeSantis called online censorship of conservatives part of a new authoritarianism: “Big tech has come to look more like Big Brother with each passing day.”
The governor spoke to Tucker Carlson Tuesday night about the details:
I think we’re going to do three different things. One is protect Floridians’ data privacy from big tech — which is a huge issue. As you said, protect big tech from interfering in an election … and then the general protections for deplatforming users. And what we’re allowing people to do is bring civil suits.
This move from DeSantis comes nearly a month after Facebook and Twitter gave the boot to then-president Trump. They accused Trump of inciting violence due to the Jan. 6 unrest on Capitol Hill.
In the run-up to November’s election, Facebook and Twitter actively suppressed news about the Hunter Biden laptop scandal. Following Election Day, one survey found a sizable number of Biden voters were feeling regret, wishing they had known more before casting their vote.
As social media giants continue to crack down, many conservatives and Trump supporters are ditching the major sites like Facebook and Twitter in favor of free-speech alternatives.
One alternate site — Parler — got taken offline last month. Amazon kicked it off its servers, claiming Parler allowed threats of violence. But another social media platform — Gab — is still running strong.
Andrew Torba, founder of Gab has stated, “One of the solutions to that is getting off of these platforms. Stop making our enemies money. Stop allowing them to track our kids, to have all our personal and private information.”
Given the size and influence of major tech companies, DeSantis’ bill might be a case of “governor vs. Goliath.”