(UnitedVoice.com) – There’s no question that Big Tech isn’t, nor ever was, friendly to Conservatives. However, in 2020, something changed. Big Tech censored the fifth-largest newspaper in America for its story on then-candidate Joe Biden’s corrupt family dealings, aiding his campaign as the companies shielded him from the questions or criticism. Then, for the first time in American history, a president was censored, kicked off social media, and blacklisted online. Making matters worse, the censorship infection spread to conservatives more broadly.
For over a year, President Trump prompted Congress to see the brewing threat to America’s democracy. He asked them multiple times to strip the Big Tech cartels of their legal protections because they were no longer just passing along information through users but acted as publishers, instead. In the wake of Washington, DC’s inaction, Florida is taking up the mantle and cracking down on Big Tech censorship — and it could provide an opportunity for former President Trump.
Florida Governor Makes Bold Move
On Tuesday, February 2, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) warned that companies who discriminate against Florida citizens and political candidates could face the full weight of Florida law. Currently working its way through the Florida legislature, a bill is expected to pass that could punish large companies who wield the enormous power of the “modern-day public square.” Specifically, the Florida legislature is targeting Facebook, Twitter, Google, Amazon, and Apple.
Proposals in the bill include:
- The state will fine technology companies $100,000 daily for banning political candidates from platforms during an election until they restore access.
- The Florida Elections Commission, as part of their enforcement of campaign laws, will consider and assign value to any aid or help a technology company might provide one candidate in preference to another as a political donation.
- The bill empowers Florida’s Attorney General to file suit against Big Tech companies under Florida’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act for violating sections of the new bill.
- Technology companies must provide users with advanced notice if terms of service or rule changes occur before banning an account. The rules must be applied consistently and fairly, also.
- If a company uses an algorithm to suppress content related to a political candidate or cause on the ballot, it could face significant fines, as well.
How Could the Bill Help Donald Trump?
Both DeSantis and Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls acknowledge that the law came about in part due to the treatment Trump received during the 2020 election. In October 2019, Trump moved his official residence from New York to Florida. While not currently serving in office, Trump maintains a political action committee and intends to remain active in GOP politics.
Additionally, the former president hinted he could run again in 2024. If the law passes, the state could force the Big Tech giants to relent their baseless bans on the former president and restore his accounts.
Stay tuned. There are a lot of moving parts to this ongoing debate.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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