Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took aim at Silicon Valley tech companies Tuesday saying Facebook, Twitter, Google and others are violating Floridians’ privacy and “neutering” political candidates access to voters.
The governor announced legislation Tuesday morning from the Florida State Capitol that he said would protect Floridians privacy rights.
“These platforms have played an increasingly decisive role in elections and have negatively impacted Americans who descend from orthodoxies favored by the Big Tech cartel,” DeSantis said.
DeSantis talked about Twitter and Facebook pulling the plug on former President Donald Trump’s accounts during his final days in office after he repeatedly posted inaccuracies about he 2020 election. He railed the tech companies who essentially took the alternative platform Parlor off line.
When asked by a reporter if he agreed with Trump that the election was stolen by widespread voter fraud DeSantis shot back, “How many people tweeted in 2016, 17,18,19, and 20 that Russia stole the election for Trump? That happened every day, 1,000s of times a day.”
The governor said big tech are only “de-platforming” Republican politicians.
“Web hosting, the payment processing, take away your email, your text, you could totally neuter a candidates ability to communicate and execute a campaign plan,” DeSantis said.
The governor was joined by Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez, House Speaker Chris Sprowls and Rep. Blaise Ingoglia (R- Hernando County).
Upon leaving the news conference DeSantis declined to say if legislation has actually been filed in the Florida House or Senate.
Check back for updates on this developing story.