Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a press conference about the opening of a COVID-19 vaccination site at the Hard Rock Stadium on January 06, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
UPDATED 7:56 PM PT – Sunday, June 13, 2021
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) told sources on Sunday that Facebook is censoring what the government, under Joe Biden, wants to be suppressed. DeSantis said they are strong monopolies that control a large percentage of political speech, but he said even greater damage has come from Big Tech companies censoring questions on the origins of COVID-19 and pandemic lockdowns.
The Sunshine State’s governor recently signed a bill called the Transparency and Technology Act that gives Floridians treated unfairly by Big Tech, the right to sue them. The bill also prohibits Big Tech from de-platforming Floridian political candidates.
Facebook is displayed on a laptop screen. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
The Florida Election Commission has said it will impose fines of $250,000 per day on any social media company that de-platforms a candidate for statewide office. Floridians have the right to block anyone, including any candidate they don’t want on their feed, but ultimately that is their decision and does not fall at the hands of Big Tech companies to decide.
“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,” said DeSantis of the new bill.