Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed SB 7072, a law he claims gives people the tools to fight back against Tech censorship. Big Tech has become the propaganda arm of the Democratic party. They are going to need it. I have several very liberal friends who crowed about Biden winning but are now singing the blues. They can’t believe he lied to them. My heart bleeds for them but at a very slow trickle.
DeSantis detailed action Florida is taking to fight against Big Tech via SB 7072.
“When the Founding Fathers established our country and crafted the Constitution, they were very concerned with threats to liberty, lead to people’s liberties being curtailed.”
“We are now though in a situation where we have things that, I think, were probably unforeseen by the Founding Fathers, we now have a situation in which some of these massive, massive companies in Silicon Valley are exerting a power over our population that really has no precedent in American history.”
“I would suggest the monopolies today, these Big Tech monopolies, are exerting way more influence over our society than the monopolies than the earliest 20th century, which led to anti-trust and a lot of trust-busting.”
DeSantis says that social media platforms have become a public square but one that allows the owners to censure anything that does not agree with their radical agenda. They censor anything that goes against their ideology but they will not be able to do that in Florida much longer.
The new law would give users of these platforms that have been wronged the right to sue and collect monetary damages, both actual and compensatory. Here’s hoping they get swamped with suits.
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This, his office claimed, will prevent “Big Tech bureaucrats from ‘moving the goalposts’ to silence viewpoints they don’t like.” They also say the bill allows the Florida attorney general to bring action against technology companies that violate the law “under Florida’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act.”
“If social media platforms are found to have violated antitrust law, they will be restricted from contracting with any public entity. That ‘antitrust violator’ blacklist imposes real consequences for Big Tech oligopolies’ bottom line,” his office said.
His administration also claims the law will prohibit Big Tech from deplatforming political candidates in Florida. There will be real, monetary consequences for those who move to deplatform Florida candidates, they say, including a $250,000 per day fine for platforms shutting down statewide candidates and $25,000 per day fines for non-statewide candidates, which the Florida Election Commission (FEC) will impose.