Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) signed legislation Monday reining in big tech companies and empowering users who believe they have been discriminated against unfairly.
DeSantis signed the bill, which he touted as the first of its kind in the United States, at a ceremony in Miami. His office sent out a release explaining the bill:
All Floridians treated unfairly by Big Tech platforms will have the right to sue companies that violate this law — and win monetary damages. This reform safeguards the rights of every Floridian by requiring social media companies to be transparent about their content moderation practices and give users proper notice of changes to those policies, which prevents Big Tech bureaucrats from “moving the goalposts” to silence viewpoints they don’t like.
The Attorney General of Florida can bring action against technology companies that violate this law, under Florida’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act. If social media platforms are found to have violated antitrust law, they will be restricted from contracting with any public entity. That “antitrust violator” blacklist imposes real consequences for Big Tech oligopolies’ bottom line.
Big Tech is prohibited from de-platforming Floridian political candidates. The Florida Election Commission will impose fines of $250,000 per day on any social media company that de-platforms any candidate for statewide office, and $25,000 per day for de-platforming candidates for non-statewide offices. Any Floridian can block any candidate they don’t want to hear from, and that is a right that belongs to each citizen — it’s not for Big Tech companies to decide.
In remarks at the ceremony, DeSantis said that the power held by Silicon Valley tech companies has surpassed that of early 20th century monopolies that spawned U.S. antitrust laws, and said that the tech companies have become a new “public square.” He slammed tech giants such as Twitter and Facebook for “suppressing ideas that are either inconvenient to the narrative or that they personally disagree with.”
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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