As political leaders around the country grapple with how to handle ongoing concerns over censorship and abuse by big tech, especially against conservatives, one state has taken a big step forward.
Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed a new law that will rein in big tech companies’ power in the state, limiting their ability to censor regular Americans and conservative politicians.
“What we’ve been seeing across the U.S. is an effort to silence, intimidate, and wipe out dissenting voices by the leftist media and big corporations,” said Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez. “Today, by signing SB 7072 into law, Florida is taking back the virtual public square as a place where information and ideas can flow freely. Many of our constituents know the dangers of being silenced or have been silenced themselves under communist rule. Thankfully in Florida we have a Governor that fights against big tech oligarchs that contrive, manipulate, and censor if you voice views that run contrary to their radical leftist narrative.”
According to DeSantis’ office, under the new law, all “Floridians treated unfairly by Big Tech platforms will have the right to sue companies that violate this law — and win monetary damages.” In addition, “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.”
More than a slap on the wrist, the new law would slap financial penalties on any violators.
“The Florida Election Commission will impose fines of $250,000 per day on any social media company that de-platforms any candidate for statewide office, and $25,000 per day for de-platforming candidates for non-statewide offices,” DeSantis’ office said. “Any Floridian can block any candidate they don’t want to hear from, and that is a right that belongs to each citizen — it’s not for Big Tech companies to decide.”