Based on his strong actions to combat the Left’s radical agenda, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is shaping up to be a promising potential contender for the 2024 presidential election.
Or, at least we conservatives hope he’s considering running for president.
In a Tuesday press conference, DeSantis revealed that his latest legislation aims to protect the citizens of Florida from the grips of overreaching Big Tech censorship.
“I’m committed to addressing what may be one of the most pervasive threats to American self-government in the 21st century,” DeSantis promised, referring to what he calls the “Big Tech Cartel.”
In the most extensive directive of its kind, DeSantis announced he intends to implement a range of regulations on companies that censor their users’ political opinions, effectively expanding Floridians’ rights on the platforms.
The Governor proposed that companies that de-platform political candidates be penalized with a daily $100,000 fine. He added that any company “that uses their content and user-related algorithms to suppress or prioritize the access of any content related to a political candidate or cause on the ballot.”
This kind of policy would fight for Congressional candidates like Laura Loomer, who Big Tech loathes and refused to give a platform to despite her run for political office.
DeSantis’s pack of regulations would also require Big Tech to provide Floridians mandatory opt-outs to content algorithms and notify them about changes in Terms of Service.
If these rules are violated, Floridians would be provided the right to take action against the companies who don’t comply.
Taking it a step further, Florida’s Attorney General would also have the power under the state’s Unfair and Deceptive Practices Act to bring cases against Silicon Valley companies that violate the regulations.
DeSantis maintains, “Floridians should have the privacy of their data and personal information protected, their ability to access and participate in online platforms protected, and their ability to participate in elections free from interference from Big Tech protected.”
“What began as a group of upstart technology companies from the West Coast has since transformed into an industry of monopoly platforms that monitor influence and control the flow of information in our country and among our citizens,” the Governor said.
DeSantis believes these actions will provide a comprehensive resolution to the “core issue.” “Are consumers going to have the choice to consume the information they choose or are oligarchs in Silicon Valley going to make those choices for us? No group of people should exercise such power, especially not tech billionaires in Northern California.”
Florida’s tough on Big Tech policies should inspire other states to follow suit if America intends to maintain freedom of thought and speech on the internet platforms we are so dependent on.