Florida Governor Ron DeSantis just signed a bill into law that protects Floridians from big tech censorship.
Florida’s Big Tech Bill gives every Floridian the power to fight back against deplatforming and allows any person to sue Big Tech companies for up to $100,000 in damages. Today, we level the playing field between celebrity and citizen on social media. https://t.co/SOW6DZZT2K
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) May 24, 2021
JUST IN – Florida Gov. DeSantis has just signed a bill into law that would allow everyday Floridians to sue Big Tech Platforms for monetary damages. pic.twitter.com/yeHYG9btEx
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“Many in our state have experienced censorship and other tyrannical behavior firsthand in Cuba and Venezuela.
“If Big Tech censors enforce rules inconsistently, to discriminate in favor of the dominant Silicon Valley ideology, they will now be held accountable,” the governor added.
The bill’s text prohibits social media platforms “from willfully deplatforming a candidate” and “provid[es] fines for violations.”
It also “provid[es] requirements for public contracts and economic incentives related to entities that have been convicted or held civilly liable for antitrust violations”; “provid[es] that social media platforms that fail to comply with specified requirements and prohibitions commit an unfair or deceptive act or practice”; and “authoriz[es] the Department of Legal Affairs to investigate suspected violations under the Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and bring specified actions for such violations,” among other provisions.
The bill signed into law could give former President Trump the ability to successfully sue the big tech giants for a boat load of money.
Big Tech has just recently come under the microscope now that it is becoming widely accepted that the coronavirus may have leaked from the lab in Wuhan. Just last year, many were censored, blocked and banned by social media for even posting the possibility. Now fact checkers and other members of the media are scrambling to get on the right side of history.