Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new law this week aimed at safeguarding residents and community leaders from big tech speech controls.
On Monday, DeSantis made it illegal for social media companies to censor or de-platform Floridians without offering detailed standards of their guidelines with consistent enforcement, with fines up to $100,000 in damages for each proven claim.
“This session, we took action to ensure that ‘We the People’ — real Floridians across the Sunshine State — are guaranteed protection against the Silicon Valley elites,” DeSantis said in a statement following the bill’s passage into law, invoking the experiences of state residents who fled oppressive regimes where free speech exists as merely a myth. “If Big Tech censors enforce rules inconsistently, to discriminate in favor of the dominant Silicon Valley ideology, they will now be held accountable.”
It was just the latest episode of the Republican governor taking the culture war on offense after being one of the