Ron DeSantis proves over and over again why he’s a rising political star in America and, in my opinion, the best governor in the country.
Big Tech has waged war on free speech, but Governor DeSantis has halted Silicon Valley’s authoritarianism against Floridians.
In a move that enables Floridians to bring the fight to Big Tech, DeSantis signed the Big Tech Bill.
The legislation allows Florida residents to sue Big Tech companies for censoring free speech.
Here’s the latest:
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
— Bowen Xiao (@BowenXiao_) May 24, 2021
Ron DeSantis speaks about fighting back against Big Tech.
" Floridians who are deplatformed will be able to sue Big Tech companies".
If you listen carefully you can hear his balls of steel bouncing off the ground. pic.twitter.com/uR81n4TWMS
— Seeking Truth Matters (@MattersSeeking) May 24, 2021
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) on legislation to stop “big tech censorship” and protect free speech:
“Maybe this isn’t as much the bearded tyrant in the military fatigues. Maybe the person is in pajamas on their laptop drinking a soy latte in silicon valley.” pic.twitter.com/Hk82fJ7duJ
— The Recount (@therecount) May 24, 2021
JUST IN: Florida Governor Ron Desantis has officially signed the Florida’s BIG TECH BILL. pic.twitter.com/PjqMg8j3sX
— Personal Blog Media News (@pbmnews) May 24, 2021
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) May 24, 2021
Was an honor to be with America’s Greatest Governor Ron DeSantis, as he signed a historic bill countering big tech censorship!
This bill will change the lives of so many people! pic.twitter.com/9G3gOKPKiG
— Lavern Spicer (@lavern_spicer) May 24, 2021
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaking at a press conference about Big Tech censorship ahead of signing legislation that gives Floridians the right to sue if they are deplatformed and fines Big Tech for deplatforming political candidates pic.twitter.com/bPdgTm6JxC
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) May 24, 2021
Most Republicans talk a big game but DeSantis delivers when it comes to protecting free speech.
If other Republicans don’t follow suit, then they have no business whining about Big Tech censorship.
Here’s the official press release:
Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 7072 to hold Big Tech accountable by driving transparency and safeguarding Floridians’ ability to access and participate in online platforms.
“This session, we took action to ensure that ‘We the People’ — real Floridians across the Sunshine State — are guaranteed protection against the Silicon Valley elites,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “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.”
“What we’ve been seeing across the U.S. is an effort to silence, intimidate, and wipe out dissenting voices by the leftist media and big corporations. Today, by signing SB 7072 into law, Florida is taking back the virtual public square as a place where information and ideas can flow freely. Many of our constituents know the dangers of being silenced or have been silenced themselves under communist rule. Thankfully in Florida we have a Governor that fights against big tech oligarchs that contrive, manipulate, and censor if you voice views that run contrary to their radical leftist narrative,” Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez said.
“I’m pleased to see Florida setting the example by doing everything in our power to stop the abuses that are possible when big tech goes unchecked. People have a right to express opposing views. This good bill protects candidates for elected office, media outlets and others from unfair and arbitrary discrimination on social media platforms. Thank you, Governor DeSantis and Speaker Sprowls, for your leadership on this important issue,” said Senate President Wilton Simpson.
“Social media platforms have morphed into the town square,” said Speaker Chris Sprowls. “If our democracy is going to survive, we must stand up to these technological oligarchs and hold them accountable. This legislation protects the free speech of Floridians and demands transparency. No more secret algorithms, inconsistent standards, shadow banning, and de-platforming. In Florida, sunshine is the best disinfectant – and it’s time we bring these big tech monopolies out of the dark. I applaud Governor Ron DeSantis, President Simpson, and the Senate for taking action while our federal government idly sits by and congratulate Commerce Chairman Blaise Ingoglia for carrying this in the House.”
“Big Tech has a responsibility to be fair and transparent to all of its users, regardless of our political ideology. Requiring Big Tech to define the behaviors that will lead to someone being de-platformed is a significant victory for free speech and I am grateful for our Governor’s leadership on this issue,” said Senator Ray Rodrigues.
“Day in and day out, our freedom of speech as conservatives is under attack by the “big tech” oligarchs in Silicon Valley. But in Florida, we said this egregious example of biased silencing will not be tolerated. It was an honor carrying this historic piece of legislation for Governor DeSantis to ensure our voices are heard as we safeguard free speech,” said Representative Blaise Ingoglia.