Breaking News: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Signs New Censorship Bill at FIU

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs new state legislation at FIU MARC building screenshot

Jordan Coll / News Director

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed off this morning at FIU a bill which would sue major tech companies from deplaforming political candidates on social media.

The legislation allows platforms to be suspended under the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, but only for 14 days. The bill was passed by both the Florida House and Senate and signed into law by the governor.

“Silicon valley thinks they know better than you,” said DeSantis. “This is not how a free society should operate. They use secret algorithms and shadow banning to shape debates and control the flow of information, but yet they evade accountability by claiming they’re just neutral platforms.”

Florida is the first state to pass this form of legislation against tech companies according to the governor. “I want to thank a lot of Floridians who have spoken out in favor of making sure that individual Floridians are protected against censorship, ” said DeSantis.

Under the new bill tech companies can be fined up to $250,000 for violating the newly introduced bill. The law requires the platforms to publish detailed standards explaining how they decide which platforms are selected for censorship and they are required under the new bill to apply these standards consistently.

“Anyone posting criticism of lockdowns, those things were taken down, they were censored but now we stand here and look at Florida you know we’re open and people flock here,” said DenSantis. “These are major issues and I would say those lockdowns have ruined millions of people’s lives all around this country.”

The bill was signed this morning at 11:28 am in the MARC building.

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