Americans were pretty shocked to see Big Tech companies clamp down on free speech in recent weeks.
Big companies banned President Trump, shut down an entire social network, and essentially “purged” anyone on their platforms who disagreed with the election.
This trend might continue until few voices are left on major platforms.
But some big hitters in red states have been stepping up to fight this battle. First, the Texas AG launched an investigation into how Big Techs are conducting their businesses.
Now, Florida is joining them in this effort. From Daily Wire:
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told an audience at a legislative policy conference in Austin, Texas, last week that Florida is looking for ways to take action against tech companies for their recent acts of censorship…
“I’m not going to accept that and I don’t think any of you are going to accept that. So, we’re thinking through what we can do to provide people some protections… I’m not sure there’s any recourse right now under law, even if there was, by the time you sued it wouldn’t be done, it wouldn’t make much of a difference and so, they have really opened I think Pandora’s Box on this.”
Gov. DeSantis raised the important question that, if Big Tech is able to do this kind of thing today, what’s stopping them from doing it in 2022 and beyond?
He criticized social platforms for suppressing stories about Hunter Biden before the election. He slammed Amazon and others for taking down an alternative social network like Parler, violating our free market values.
The governor is raising the alarm that, if nothing is done now, nothing will stop these companies from destroying our freedoms once and for all.
He said he supported the Section 230 repeal, but Congress has been unwilling to do it. DeSantis said his office is looking into providing protections for the American people.
Recently, a state lawmaker called on Florida’s governor to divest the state from big tech companies. It’s possible the state can effectively hold these companies accountable through contracts and agreements.
But more permanent changes might be needed, to ensure social networks can’t just shut someone down for political reasons.
DeSantis promised, “we’re going to take action.” Hopefully, more leaders will join the fight.
- Governor of Florida promised to “take action” after Big Tech censorship.
- He is joining the state of Texas, which has launched investigations.
- DeSantis warned that big tech can continue to silence voices every election year.
Source: Daily Wire