In a press conference on Tuesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, hammered the media and Big Tech for their increasing tendency to hide, censor, and cancel anything they want to suppress. Referencing the Hunter Biden laptop story that got locked out of Twitter, DeSantis dismissed the excuse that Twitter’s actions were taken because the original report was based on “hacked information.”
“You’re trying to tell me if there was hacked information that could damage me you guys wouldn’t print it? Give me a break. You can whiz on my leg, but don’t tell me it’s raining,” DeSantis said.
A reporter said, “A lot of the deplatforming seems to be driven by somebody who did something that provoked the platform.”
But DeSantis wasn’t buying it.
“I think it’s been done in a way that’s completely unprincipled,” he said. “They mentioned the Hunter Biden story. The Hunter Biden story was true, okay? We now know it was true. And the typical corporate media outlets, they just chose to ignore it; obviously they wanted to beat Trump. They had a view on the election. They didn’t want to give it any air. So we rely on social media to go around that, not let corporate legacy media outlets control the discourse and let us speak.
“So you had the New York Post to run it and you couldn’t get any traction; you couldn’t get any reach on it because Big Tech put their thumb on the scale,” he continued. “So that was true. […] So it’s not being done on a principled basis, and it’s not — there’s threats on me. And it only gets taken down if law enforcement goes and tells them to do it. Otherwise it just stays up. They’re not moderating any of that. So they haven’t done a good job in it; the thumb’s always on the scale in one direction, and we just need to bring, we just need to bring some protection for folks. I really, really worry that when you have a business owner that may rely on some of these tools to do small business, if they engage in wrongthink or they go to the wrong political event, then all of a sudden, they can act in concert and take you off, you need to have protection against that.”
DeSantis’s rant against Big Tech wasn’t just an idle conversation. He’s pushing the Florida legislature to come up with consumer protections against Twitter, Facebook, Google, and the rest of the Silicon Valley titans. Among the proposals is a $10,000/day fine for any platform that removes a political candidate from their site.
“It’s not just being banned from Twitter. As we’ve seen, these companies can collude,” DeSantis told Fox News. “They can deny you, if you’re a small business … payment processing, the ability to use email and text. So you go to a rally that they don’t like or you engage in wrongthink, and all of a sudden, your flower business is decapitated for a month because they take action.”