Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday targeted the nation’s largest tech companies, which he called a group of “monopoly communications platforms” because of their growth to regulate public discourse.
Earlier on Tuesday, DeSantis announced a crackdown on tech companies over content moderation, which it equated to political manipulation, reiterating the belief of many conservatives that Silicon Valley is biased against views of right.
“We think this is something Floridians want to protect themselves from, and I think it will be a very good first step,” DeSantis told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Tuesday.
“There was always the question, ‘What are you doing about this? A lot of us thought there was something wrong for a long time, but sitting down and hoping it would get better was clearly not going to work. So we are in the lead and I think it will be good. “
DESANTIS PROPOSES DAILY FINES FOR BIG TECH VIOLATORS
In an effort to keep Big Tech out of Florida’s political arena, DeSantis has proposed a number of measures, including a daily fine of $ 100,000 for companies that displace political candidates. In addition, actions taken by companies to effectively promote a candidate will be considered campaign contributions.
The governor has proposed measures to improve user rights as well, including allowing individuals and the Florida Attorney General to sue companies for personal protection violations, as well as requiring companies to fully disclose actions taken. against individuals for violating policies.
“It’s not just about getting banned from Twitter. As we’ve seen, these companies can complain,” DeSantis told host Tucker Carlson. “They may deny you, if you’re a small business … payment processing, the ability to use emails and text messages. So you either go to a gathering they don’t like or you yourself. engage in a bad idea, and all of a sudden your flower business is beheaded for a month because they take action. “
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The Republican admitted that the initiative will likely cause a “big fight during the legislative session.
“I hope we can get a lot of support,” he said. “Most people want protections for their privacy and data. Most people want the protections not to be dismantled. I think this will be very well received, but we are closed. We know there is. always arguing about these things, so stay tuned. “
Brittany De Lea of Fox News contributed to this report.