Governor DeSantis Fines Big Tech For Deplatforming Political Candidates

( Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is sick and tired of the way Big Tech companies are silencing conservative voices.

And now, the Republican governor is doing something about it. He’s proposing big fines for the Big Tech companies he characterized as being a group of “monopoly communications platforms.”

During a press conference this week, DeSantis said:

“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.”

DeSantis was particularly upset over the content moderation that’s being undertaken by these tech companies, including Twitter, Facebook and even Amazon. He called the moderation “political manipulation,” saying that he believes these companies are silencing any viewpoints that come from the right side of the political spectrum.

The Florida governor wants to do something about it, too. He has proposed a variety of measures that would crackdown on companies that decide to remove political candidates from their online platforms. Included in those measures would be a $10,000 daily fine for companies that de-platform the candidates.

In addition, DeSantis said that actions these companies take that would, in effect, promote a particular candidate would be considered contributions to their campaign.

DeSantis’ proposal also would give users enhanced rights as well. They would allow the attorney general of Florida as well as individuals to sue Big Tech companies over any alleged violation of individual protections. Companies would also be required to provide full disclosures of any and all actions they take against an individual for allegedly violating their policies.

The governor specifically pointed to actions by Facebook and Twitter to ban Donald Trump from their platforms while he was still president of the United States. The companies claimed that the former president was inciting violence before and after the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building — even though Trump denounced the violence.

Since then, both social media platforms and other Big Tech companies have continued their attack on conservative voices. Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has had his YouTube account suspended from participating in the company’s advertising revenue sharing program.

Non-political people who lean to the right have also felt the wrath. Twitter, for example, banned MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell from the platform for making comments about fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Then, when Lindell took to his company’s corporate account to speak his mind, Twitter banned that account, too, citing their policy on circumventing bans.

DeSantis had strong words for Amazon, too. That company removed the website of app Parler from its servers because conservatives and supporters of Trump gather there. That action followed Apple and Google removing the Parler app from their app stores.

But, the governor believes those actions are just stunting people’s constitutional rights. As DeSantis said:

“You don’t like Parler? Then don’t read it. Let’s not have those choices made for us, or before long, we will have nothing more than someone else’s choices impressed upon us by a bunch of monopolies whose core business is to sell advertising.”