Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to his public policy for big tech in Florida. The Sunshine State’s governor has made his own conservative political beliefs clear, and it might just be what Americans really want, considering the sheer number of people moving to Florida.
Not only is there a mass exodus to the state of Florida, according to the state’s governor, but it’s also made up primarily of people who think the way he thinks: like a conservative.
Because Americans seem bent on having a nation that adheres to conservative values (despite what the left tells you about being in the minority) it seems accurate that looking to state’s governor’s like DeSantis could tell us what the formerly silent majority really wants out of their Constitutional Republic.
It stands to reason, then, that DeSantis might be making the kind of moves that the rest of the nation should be paying attention to. Most recently, the Florida governor signed legislation that serves as a crackdown on anti-First Amendment activities by big tech, according to an article by The Bongino Report.
Companies including Facebook and Amazon will find themselves in hot water if they remove political candidates from their platforms on the grounds of censoring free speech. The bill brought before DeSantis accuses Facebook specifically of selectively censoring conservative pages, and their oversight board recently voted to keep President Trump off the platform.
Amazon too, received a namecheck, thanks to their control over 50% of the print book market and 75% of the ebook market and their decision to ban books that have been found to be critical of the mental condition of gender dysmorphia, also known as transgenderism. Amazon also incensed conservatives when they banned conservative micro-blogging platform Parler off their servers.
DeSantis held a press conference after he signed the bill into law where a reporter attempted to put the thumbscrews to the Florida Republican as to whether this was a “favor” for Florida resident and former President Donald Trump after he was deplatformed from Facebook and other social media services.
The governor shot back that the bill was for “everyday Floridians,” adding “When you deplatform the President of the United States but you let Ayatollah Khamenei talk about killing Jews, that is wrong” to applause.
Allowances in the bill pave the way for Florida residents to sue tech companies for up to $100,000 in damages for each provable claim.
Why is this an important bill? Well, I’m glad you asked. Essentially social media platforms are straddling the line between a private technology company and a utility provider. At this point, it’s hard to see someone making their way or their business without some sort of social media presence, in much the same way that businesses depend on communication devices like telephones.
And yet, those found to be guilty of harassment aren’t banned from using the telephone. Those who spread lies don’t get their cell service revoked, but those who say something Facebook or Twitter disagree with (because let’s be honest, that’s what all those terms and conditions are about) get their ability to do anything on social media stripped, sometimes permanently.
No, this is not a stretch. We likely all know someone by now who has had their Facebook or Twitter accounts taken away from them for some period of time. Personally, I could point to people who were heavily involved in conservative news who have been banned from Facebook and Instagram for life for continued violation of Facebook’s terms of service.
So, could you survive without a telephone? Sure, you could. You could also run a business or communicate with your family and friends without social media, but should those companies be allowed to take away your use of their business because they disagree with you, or is it discrimination? Apparently, DeSantis thinks it’s the latter, and Floridians now have a standing that is enviable too much of the rest of the nation.