Ricochet is the best place on the internet to discuss the issues of the day, either through commenting on posts or writing your own for our active and dynamic community in a fully moderated environment. In addition, the Ricochet Audio Network offers over 50 original podcasts with new episodes released every day.
It’s time that someone started to fight back against big tech, and Governor Ron DeSantis is leading the pack. Here’s what he had to say a few days ago:
‘As these companies have grown and their influence has expanded, Big Tech has come to look more like Big Brother with each passing day,’ DeSantis told reporters at the Capitol. ‘But this is 2021, not 1984, and this is real life, not George Orwell’s fiction. These companies exert monopoly power over a centrally important forum in the public discourse and the access of information that Floridians rely on.’
The legislation he is considering helps to protect companies that post on these platforms by insisting that the tech companies give advance notice of removal, and they will be vulnerable to Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Practices Law; if a candidate is removed during an election cycle, the tech companies would receive a $100,000 fine each day until the candidate’s access is restored.
Gov. DeSantis was brought on board at the initiative of Florida House of Representatives member Randy Fine. The media is trying to position their stances as their way to support President Trump, but DeSantis emphasized that the issues were much larger than any one person:
DeSantis cited multiple examples of overreach by social media content moderators, including censorship of criticism of the of coronavirus lock downs, banning the sitting U.S. president, the suppression of the New York Post’s bombshell Hunter Biden story, and the ‘decapitation’ of Parler, a Twitter alternative popular with President Donald Trump’s supporters that was kicked offline by Amazon Web Services for purportedly failing to impose satisfactory content moderation.
The proposed legislation also allows users to “opt out of the various algorithms these platforms use to steer content or suppress content from the view of other users.”
There are some critical questions that are yet to be answered:
- Will Gov. DeSantis follow through and back the legislation?
- Will Florida have the power to hold big tech accountable?
- Will other states follow Florida’s example and take action?
I hope the governor moves forward and that other governors back him up. It’s time.Published in