Social media giants are responsible for influencing far more people than CNN, MSNBC and all the network news programs combined.
And in recent years they’ve been using their power to silence the voices of those who they consider “opposition.”
But now, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has a big, bold idea he’s pushing in a special session of the State Legislature.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis isn’t a typical politician concerned with the status quo and going along to get along.
His latest move is targeted directly at Big Tech censorship of conservative voices.
In a press conference, Gov. DeSantis announced he’s calling Florida lawmakers back to work in a special session.
In addition to looking into Congressional reapportionment for the new Sunshine State Congressional Maps and ending Disney’s self-governing status, DeSantis is asking State Representatives and State Senators to address the legal challenges rising against Florida’s new law against Big Tech censorship.
“Some of the things we did in that bill was not allow Big Tech companies to ban candidates for office,” DeSantis said. “Because, you really could have a situation where somewhere down the stretch, you have all these Senate races or something, and what are they going to do? They’re going to de-platform all the Republican nominees to be able to help their party?”
DeSantis says such a move would clearly qualify as an in-kind political contribution to Democrat candidates.
However, the protections in the Florida bill don’t stop just at politicians – calling Big Tech practices, “consumer fraud.”
“We also gave individual Floridians the ability to use Florida’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act to sue Big Tech if they’re censored of de-platformed,” DeSantis said. “The theory is simple. They advertise as being an open platform. They advertise that you can express yourself and communicate with other people. And yet their censorship decisions and de-platforming decisions are based on viewpoint discrimination.”
America’s Governor says Big Tech is marginalizing people who dissent from left-wing narratives and worldviews.
If Florida gets a positive ruling in the courts maintaining their bill, they will be the first state in the Union to implement any legislation holding Big Tech accountable.
Under the law, the Florida Election Commission can 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.
However, the law has been held up by a legal injunction and is still making its way through the court system.
Big Tech has become the censorship arm of the Democratic Party and political left, silencing and de-platforming anyone who rejects the chosen left-wing narrative.
Silicon Valley oligarchs shouldn't be the arbiters of free speech in our country. We must fight back! https://t.co/7x3UZGDlrT
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantisFL) December 2, 2021
As DeSantis Daily previously reported, DeSantis says state lawyers are reviewing options for legal action against Twitter’s Board of Directors.
The move comes after board members inserted a poison pill in Tesla Founder Elon Musk’s $42-Billion offer to buy the Big Tech company – well above the company’s current valuation.
According to DeSantis, the Board turning down such a profitable offer is tantamount to “breaching their fiduciary duty.”
#BREAKING: Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) responds to @ElonMusk's attempt to take over Twitter: "Why would you reject the 20% premium?… They rejected it because they know that they can't control Elon Musk. They know that he will not accept the narrative." pic.twitter.com/F9s0X4ARcs
— Forbes (@Forbes) April 19, 2022
Florida could have grounds to sue Twitter and hold Board members accountable for putting their woke agenda against shareholders’ interests, because the State of Florida is a partial owner of Twitter.
Twitter is a public company and as part of the investment strategy, Florida’s state pension fund has purchased shares of the stock.