Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) introduced a series of statewide regulations that aim to curb the power of Big Tech and crack down on internet censorship, as reported by Breitbart.
DeSantis announced the new measures in a 45-minute address, calling out Big Tech’s recent censorship of political candidates and even elected officials, most prominently including the censorship of President Donald Trump on Twitter and most other Big Tech platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
Among the measures are fines of $100,000 for every single day that Big Tech censors or bans political candidates in the state of Florida, authorizing the Florida Attorney General to bring cases against Big Tech companies using the state’s Unfair and Deceptive Practices Act, mandatory opt-outs from any content filters imposed by Big Tech, and “a private right of action” for Florida citizens to use against any Big Tech companies that violate the aforementioned opt-out condition.
In his speech, Governor DeSantis said that “what began as a group of upstart companies from the west coast has since transformed into an industry of monopoly communications platforms that monitor, influence, and control the flow of information in our country and among our citizens, and they do this to an extent hitherto unimaginable.”
DeSantis continued by asking “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? No group of people should exercise such power, especially not tech billionaires in Northern California.”
DeSantis’s moves represent the most comprehensive actions taken yet by any elected official in the country to combat the censorship and overwhelmingly left-wing bias of Big Tech platforms. In addition to their coordinated efforts to ban and censor President Trump, such companies have also worked together to falsely declare that claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election are “baseless” and “conspiracy theories.” They also actively worked to interfere in the 2020 election prior to Election Night, with Twitter and other platforms deliberately suppressing information about the Hunter Biden laptop scandal, among other stories that portrayed Joe Biden in a negative light.