MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis was at Florida International University on Monday morning to sign a bill that he says will stop “big tech censorship.”
The measure (SB 7072) aims to punish social media that seeks to punish social media platforms that remove conservative ideas from their sites.
The Republican governor says the bill is designed to stop social media companies, like Facebook and Twitter, from de-platforming, or removing, individuals from their sites. If they do, he says those companies will be required to provide a detailed explanation as to why they took such action.
The new law will also enable the state to fine large social media companies $250,000 a day if they remove an account of a statewide political candidate, and $25,000 a day if they remove an account of someone running for a local office. It takes effect July 1.
Gov. Ron DeSantis is in Miami-Dade County on Monday, holding a news conference at Florida International University. Posted by WPLG Local 10 on Monday, May 24, 2021
This new law applies protection not only to elected officials but also to everyday citizens. Of course, one of the most prominent people to be de-platformed recently was former President Donald Trump, who was removed from both Facebook and Twitter for spreading disinformation about the 2020 election.
DeSantis pointed in particular to Trump being banned by Twitter while the platform still allowed Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to maintain an account.