Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed a bill titled SB 7072.
It equips Floridians with the ability to push back against Big Tech censorship, a problem plaguing American conservatives.
Here’s what DeSantis had to say about the background of this momentous bill:
We are now though in a situation where we have things that, I think, were probably unforeseen by the Founding Fathers,” the governor continued. While the founders established the First Amendment as a shield against government overreach, “we now have a situation in which some of these massive, massive companies in Silicon Valley are exerting a power over our population that really has no precedent in American history,” he explained.
“I would suggest the monopolies today, these Big Tech monopolies, are exerting way more influence over our society than the monopolies than the earliest 20th century, which led to anti-trust and a lot of trust-busting,” DeSantis said.
Platforms, he continued, have become a “public square” but now act as “enforcers of orthodoxy,” suppressing ideas “that are either inconvenient to the narrative” or ideas they “personally disagree with.”
According to a summary provided by his office, all Floridians “treated unfairly” by Big Tech platforms “will have the right to sue companies that violate this law — and win monetary damages.”Breitbart News
It’s about time that American conservatives got the right to fight back against Big Tech.
So far, it’s just Florida. But this gives other Republican states a great piece of legislation to mimic themselves.
It’s got some teeth to it too:
His administration also claims the law will prohibit Big Tech from deplatforming political candidates in Florida. There will be real, monetary consequences for those who move to deplatform Florida candidates, they say, including a $250,000 per day fine for platforms shutting down statewide candidates and $25,000 per day fines for non-statewide candidates, which the Florida Election Commission (FEC) will impose.Breitbart News
It’s a breath of fresh air to see Republicans actually pass a bill that has actions in, and not just words.
But the bill might have to go back to the drawing board, if legal challenges are successful…
Breitbart News has reported extensively on Florida’s Big Tech battle and the aggressive measures being taken, but as Breitbart News’s senior tech reporter Allum Bokhari noted last month, concerns remain prevalent, particularly around enforceability:
But because the bill is missing a crucial element — the categorization of tech companies as common carriers or places of public accommodation — most of the provisions are unenforceable, destined to be proven ineffective in the courts.
The bill certainly sounds good. Banning (and shadowbanning) political candidates is prohibited, with daily fines if companies fail to comply. Banning or censoring a journalistic enterprise based on the content it publishes (like the New York Post Hunter Biden stories) is prohibited. Users will be allowed to opt out of Big Tech algorithms.
“All of these are great ideas,” he reported. “But without common carriage or public accommodation measures, it is highly doubtful that they’ll survive legal challenge.”Breitbart News
This simply means that if the bill is rejected by courts, the flaw is already known.
It wasn’t fixed before being signed into law, but the bill is still a great start on this key issue.