Ron DeSantis Has Called For A SPECIAL SESSION That Will…


​Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called some Big Tech companies ‘clearly’ problematic, citing examples of foreign involvement including the Chinese Communist Party’s sway over the industry.

On Tuesday, DeSantis launched an offensive against “Big Tech,” warning that the social media platforms are targeting politicians who go against their narrative.

The proclamation for a special session will include addressing its 2021 law to protect citizens from censorship by social media companies and will also address Disney’s status in the state, according to DeSantis’ remarks during the speech.

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DeSantis cites examples of foreign involvement in Big Tech, including the Chinese Communist Party’s sway over the industry. It’s worth noting that China-based ByteDance owns TikTok.

“For me, I think some of these Big Tech companies clearly have been problematic.” 

The governor explained how the state could have room to act against certain companies:

“You have to peel back the layers. So we’re going to look at all of that in terms of what can we do statutorily to say ‘here’s where we don’t wanna go for investments.’ But I think certainly in the near term, the fact that they did have this in the pension fund that gives us an ability to potentially get some relief.”

DeSantis added without naming names:

“And that’s the thing, when you’re in a situation like this, if the board is acting in ways that are breaching their fiduciary duty and doing it for reasons of power and politics, and basically to serve a suppression arm of the government, well then you’re in a situation where you need some accountability there. Because first of all, that’s not free market capitalism when you have that. That’s a ruling junta that’s ruling their policies to try and marginalize people that disagree with them and that’s not what we want.”

The governor said at the near end of his speech, addressing the importance of moving forward with the current legal challenges to Florida’s law against big tech censorship.

“Some of the things we did in that bill did not allow big tech companies to ban candidates for office because you really could have a situation where someone down the stretch, you have all these Senate races or something, and what are they going to do? They’re going to de-platform all the Republican nominees to be able to help their party?”

DeSantis also noted that the law “gave individual Floridians the opportunity to use Florida’s unfair and deceptive trade practices act to sue big tech if they are censored or de-platformed.”

More from the Daily Wire report:

In a proclamation from the governor’s office on Tuesday, the details regarding the special session noted, “Florida appealed this ruling to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Case No. 21-12355.”

On April 28, oral arguments are scheduled before the Eleventh Circuit court. The proclamation argued, “Florida must prevail in its position that a state can regulate the arbitrary and inconsistent censorship practices of social media platforms due to the platforms’ unprecedented power over the free flow of information and ideas.”

In December, DeSantis called out Big Tech’s censorship of conservatives following the release of a new Heritage Foundation video that noted the vast disparity of censorship between Republican and Democratic House members.

“Big Tech has become the censorship arm of the Democratic Party and political left, silencing and de-platforming anyone who rejects the chosen left-wing narrative,” DeSantis said on Twitter in December.

“Silicon Valley oligarchs shouldn’t be the arbiters of free speech in our country. We must fight back!” he added.

The May 2021 Florida bill said, “Big Tech is prohibited from de-platforming Floridian political candidates. The Florida Election Commission will impose fines of $250,000 per day on any social media company that de-platforms any candidate for statewide office, and $25,000 per day for de-platforming candidates for non-statewide offices.”

The law was soon stopped by a court injunction. The Daily Wire reported that in his injunction, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle argued that banning “de-platforming” likely violated the free speech rights of the tech companies, writing, “The legislation compels providers to host speech that violates their standards — speech they otherwise would not host — and forbids providers from speaking as they otherwise would.”

The issue became important in 2020 as several conservative and Republican political candidates were banned or suspended on major social media platforms. Most notably, then-President Donald Trump was permanently banned from Twitter following the events of January 6, 2021.

Source: DailyWire

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