Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is fighting back against the abuses of Big Tech companies that have accumulated vast amounts of power which they are using to shut down free speech in America.
On Tuesday, DeSantis threw his backing behind legislation that will take the fight directly to the unaccountable Democrat-aligned Silicon Valley tech giants who have abused their dominance of the industry to silence conservatives and crush dissent to one-party rule.
The Sunshine State leader continues to stand apart from other Republican governors for his willingness to defy the increasingly authoritarian left by resisting demands that he lock down his state and impose the forced mask mandates championed by Democrats including Joe Biden.
Now he is taking the fight directly to those who hate us for our freedoms in an act of defiance that could serve as an inspiration to other GOP leaders.
DeSantis condemned the Big Tech cartel oligarchs whose actions he compared to Big Brother in George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984:
“As these companies have grown and their influence has expanded, Big Tech has come to look more like Big Brother with each passing day,” he said.
“But this is 2021, not 1984, and this is real life, not George Orwell’s fiction. These companies exert monopoly power over a centrally important forum in the public discourse and the access of information that Floridians rely on,” he added.
He then went on to list 7 major regulations that Florida would use to crack down on Big Tech abuses (via Breitbart News):
1: Mandatory opt-outs from big tech’s content filters, a solution to tech censorship first proposed by Breitbart News in 2018.
2: A private right of action for Floridian citizens against tech companies that violate this condition.
3: Fines of $100,000 per day levied on tech companies that suspend candidates for elected office in Florida from their platforms.
4: Daily fines for any tech company “that uses their content and user-related algorithms to suppress or prioritize the access of any content related to a political candidate or cause on the ballot.”
5: Greater transparency requirements.
6: Disclosure requirements enforced by Florida’s election authorities for tech companies that favor one candidate over another.
7: Power for the Florida attorney general to bring cases against tech companies that violate these conditions under the state’s Unfair and Deceptive Practices Act.
"These platforms have played an increasingly decisive role in elections, and have negatively impacted Americans who dissent from orthodoxies favored by the Big Tech Cartel." 1/ pic.twitter.com/Z0npEPL3c9
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) February 2, 2021
More from Governor DeSantis:
“What began as a group of upstart companies from the west coast has since transformed into an industry of monopoly communications platforms that monitor, influence, and control the flow of information in our country and among our citizens, and they do this to an extent hitherto unimaginable.”
“These platforms have changed from neutral platforms that provided Americans with the freedom to speak to enforcers of preferred narratives. Consequently, these platforms have played an increasingly decisive role in elections, and have negatively impacted Americans who dissent from orthodoxies favored by the Big Tech cartel.”
“The core issue here is this: are consumers going to have the choice to consume the information they choose, or are oligarchs in Silicon Valley going to make those choices for us? No group of people should exercise such power, especially not tech billionaires.”
If Americans wish to live in a free country, it is imperative that tech oligarchs whose practices are disturbingly similar to those of the totalitarian communist regime in China are not allowed to put a stranglehold on free speech and a finger on the scale for the Democrats who seek to accumulate power by any means necessary.
DeSantis is emerging as a formidable 2024 candidate and one fitting to pick up the America First movement now that Donald J. Trump is no longer in the White House.