Gov. DeSantis Torches Reporter After Signing Bill to Hold Big Tech Accountable

Gov. DeSantis Torches Reporter After Signing Bill to Hold Big Tech Accountable
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On Monday. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation cracking down on attacks on freedom of speech by big tech companies including Facebook and Amazon. The bill makes it illegal for tech companies to remove candidates for office from their platforms.

Facebook has long been accused of selectively censoring conservative pages, and their oversight board recently voted to keep President Trump off the platform. Meanwhile Amazon (which controls 50% of the print book market and 75% of the ebook market) has banned books critical of transgender ideology, and pulled web hosting on Parler.

During a press conference after the signing a reporter pressed DeSantis on if the bill was enacted as a “favor” to deplatformed President Trump. DeSantis fired back that the bill was for “everyday Floridians,” adding “When you deplatform the President of the United States but you let Ayatollah Khamenei talk about killing Jews, that is wrong” to applause.

The bill allows residents to sue tech companies for up to $100,000 in damages for each provable claim.

The Florida house voted 77-38 in favor of the bill, while the senate voted 23-17.

Matt Palumbo is the author of Dumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasio Ruined New YorkDebunk This: Shattering Liberal Lies, and Spygate


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