Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Big Tech Accountability Bill, Permitting FL Residents to Sue Big Tech for Deplatforming, Targeting or Censorship


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on May 24, 2021 | Sundance | 164 Comments

The legislature of Florida and Governor Ron DeSantis waste no time in confronting the fast pace of leftist ideology with legislative and executive order moves to protect citizens within the Sunshine state.  The speed of their united effort is actually quite remarkable.  Today Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 7072, a Florida law permitting citizens to sue Big Tech for deplatforming, targeting or censorship.

Under SB 7072:

  • All Floridians treated unfairly by Big Tech platforms will have the right to sue companies that violate this law — and win monetary damages. This reform safeguards the rights of every Floridian by requiring social media companies to be transparent about their content moderation practices and give users proper notice of changes to those policies, which prevents Big Tech bureaucrats from “moving the goalposts” to silence viewpoints they don’t like.
  • The Attorney General of Florida can bring action against technology companies that violate this law, under Florida’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act. If social media platforms are found to have violated antitrust law, they will be restricted from contracting with any public entity. That “antitrust violator” blacklist imposes real consequences for Big Tech oligopolies’ bottom line.
  • Big Tech is prohibited from de-platforming Floridian political candidates. The Florida Election Commission will impose fines of $250,000 per day on any social media company that de-platforms any candidate for statewide office, and $25,000 per day for de-platforming candidates for non-statewide offices. Any Floridian can block any candidate they don’t want to hear from, and that is a right that belongs to each citizen — it’s not for Big Tech companies to decide.  (read full text here)

“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,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “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.” (LINK)

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