In a significant crusade to protect the right to freedom of speech, repeatedly violated by big tech companies such as Facebook and Twitter, the Republican governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, signed a bill allowing them to be sued.
“Floridians who are removed from the platforms will be able to sue big tech [Big Tech] companies that violate the law,” DeSantis said today, according to NBC2, on May 24.
He added, “If Big Tech censors apply the rules inconsistently, to discriminate in favor of the dominant Silicon Valley ideology, they will now be held accountable.”
The signing of Senate Bill 7072 took place at a press conference held at Florida International University in University Park, Miami.
This law will take effect July 1, 2021, and penalize social media outlets that block candidates running for statewide office on their platforms with fines of $250,000 per day.
For candidates running for local office and censored in the same manner, the penalty drops to $25,000 per day.
Also, a citizen could obtain “Up to $100,000 in statutory damages per proven claim.” Law 7072 would only apply to social networks with more than $100 million in annual revenue and more than 100 million monthly users.
These stipulations do not relate to the option available to each user to block any other participant, which will continue to operate unchanged.
“Any Floridian can block any candidate they don’t want to know about, and that is a right that belongs to every citizen, not something for the big tech companies to decide,” the governor’s press team clarified.
For her part, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez commented that what is happening in the United States “is an effort to silence, intimidate and eliminate dissident voices from the left-wing media and large corporations.”
She added: “Florida is reclaiming 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.”
DeSantis has set a milestone in the history of state government in the country. On numerous occasions, he has taken the lead in defending the rights of citizens.
His acts of government in favor of protecting health care, the economy, education, and other public factors that substantially impact his constituents’ welfare have solidified him as a possible vice presidential candidate should former President Donald Trump run for the presidency.
Although Trump has given evidence that he continues to work intensely for his country and that the expectations that he will be elected president for the third time are the highest, he would need another Republican as a candidate. That could be the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis.
However, his administration has not been easy, as Twitter user Dave Rogers, identified as @iahphx, puts it in one of his messages.
“And to think it’s a coincidence that the entire Democratic propaganda machine is working 24 hours a day to try to eliminate him,” Rogers noted.