Florida’s government is taking steps to divest state funds from major technology corporations accused of censoring conservative voices.
State Rep. Randy Fine, a Republican serving in the Florida House of Representatives, penned a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis asking him to redirect funds currently going to Amazon, Twitter, Apple, Google, and Facebook.
“I am deeply disturbed to see the country’s major technologies use the actions of these few as a pretext to silence tens of millions of good, patriotic Americans, millions of whom live here in Florida,” he wrote. “It is clear that Twitter and Facebook are engaged in one-sided viewpoint discrimination targeting conservatives … and it is not disputed that Amazon, Apple, and Google are actively working to eliminate any alternative outlets where conservatives can speak freely.”
Fine’s letter comes weeks after his colleague, Rep. Anthony Sabatini, introduced legislation designed to punish technology companies that engage in censorship.
According to the Legislature, Sabatini’s bill, House Bill 33, “provides that owner or operator of social media website is subject to private right of action by certain website users in this state under certain conditions; prohibits website from using hate speech as defense; [and] authorizes AG to bring action on behalf of website users; provides exceptions.”
— Rep. Anthony Sabatini (@AnthonySabatini) January 8, 2021