A new Florida bill that would allow conservatives to sue social media companies for bias is on the verge of becoming law.
The law would reportedly allow Florida residents to sue sites like Facebook or Twitter for as much as $25,000 for every day they are banned from the platform, or if they can show the company’s algorithm throttled their posts.
Doing the same to political candidates running for a statewide office could cost the companies as much as $250,000 per day. Florida’s Republican Governor Ron Desantis has been a vocal opponent of the big tech companies and could likely sign the legislation this week.
The law is an aggressive step that channels the increasing frustration many Americans have with social media companies as their posts are “fact checked” or taken down altogether.
Conservatives have become more outspoken against the big tech giants in recent years for repeated instances of censorship. Even former president Donald Trump could not escape the censorship. His social media accounts were blocked earlier this year.
Desantis held a roundtable event earlier this month with a panel of epidemiologists to discuss big tech censorship around COVID-19. Desantis held a similar event before, but YouTube took down the video, egging Desantis on and demonstrating his troubled relationship with the tech giants.
“YouTube’s decision to remove the video of our previous roundtable is just another example of unabashed overreach and bias by Big Tech,” said Governor DeSantis. “Silicon Valley and the corporate media have drawn a line in the sand: they don’t care about the facts. They only care about pushing their agenda and will do so by whatever means necessary, the truth be damned. That’s why we are taking action here in Florida to hold Big Tech accountable and call out their hypocrisy.”
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