Normally, I don’t praise Republicans. They’re usually limp-wristed political hacks who do nothing to stop the Left. They like to virtue signal about how they’re not racist and will brag about how they passed monumental tax cuts for oligarchs.
The same old nonsense that we’ve grown accustomed to over the years.
But, there’s always exceptions to the rule. And these exceptions can completely change the entire game altogether. Florida Governor Ron DSsantis announced a major effort to limit Big Tech’s acts of political censorship on February 2, 2021. The measures he put forth include a prohibition on the censorship of political candidates, among others.
Allum Bokhari of Breitbart News revealed some of the regulations that DeSantis is putting forward:
- Mandatory opt-outs from big tech’s content filters, a solution to tech censorship first proposed by Breitbart News in 2018.
- A private right of action for Floridian citizens against tech companies that violate this condition.
- Fines of $100,000 per day levied on tech companies that suspend candidates for elected office in Florida from their platforms.
- Daily fines for any tech 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.”
- Greater transparency requirements.
- Disclosure requirements enforced by Florida’s election authorities for tech companies that favor one candidate over another.
- Power for the Florida attorney general to bring cases against tech companies that violate these conditions under the state’s Unfair and Deceptive Practices Act.
In a 45-minute long speech that he gave, DeSantis declared that Big Tech companies pose imminent threats to American democracy and free speech. He vowed to take action against companies that discriminate against Republicans and people who hold right-wing views.
“What began as a group of upstart companies from the west coast has since transformed into an industry of monopoly communications platforms that monitor, influence, and control the flow of information in our country and among our citizens, and they do this to an extent hitherto unimaginable,” observed DeSantis.
“These platforms have changed from neutral platforms that provided Americans with the freedom to speak to enforcers of preferred narratives. Consequently, these platforms have played an increasingly decisive role in elections, and have negatively impacted Americans who dissent from orthodoxies favored by the Big Tech cartel,” the Florida Governor continued.
DeSantis levied accusations of Big Tech titans engaging in “clear viewpoint discrimination,” by citing the unpersoning of Donald Trump and Parler’s removal from the Internet and application stores that Apple and Google control.
“The core issue here is this: 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,” DeSantis concluded
Unlike his Republican colleagues, DeSantis is no joke. He understands the threat of Big Tech, unlike the Republican dunces swinging off Corporate America’s nuts. Big Tech is a menace that threatens both the First and Second Amendment freedoms of Americans.
These companies have no attachment to the modern-American nation. Their whole goal is to accumulate short-term profits at all costs. They do so by engaging in woke virtue signaling, importing cheap labor from abroad, and censoring nationalists in order to stay in good favor with politicians.
It’s high time that a proper nationalist government smack these corporations around and teach them a major lesson. We cannot afford to let these corporate parasites continue violating our freedoms while becoming some of the most powerful, unaccountable institutions on the planet.