May 24, 2021
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law Monday so that social media users who feel they’ve been treated unfairly can sue big tech platforms. The bill also prevents platforms that have violated antitrust law from contracting with any public entity and prohibits big tech from de-platforming Floridian political candidates.
“This session, we took action to ensure that ‘We the People’ — real Floridians across the Sunshine State — are guaranteed protection against the Silicon Valley elites,” de Santis said at a press conference to commemorate the signing.
“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.”
“The bill is for everyday Floridians,” de Santis said. But, he did seem to disagree with the suspension of Trump from such platforms. “When you de-platform the president of the United States and allow but you let Ayatollah Khomeini talk about killing Jews, that is wrong.”