For several years now, conservatives have been accusing big tech companies of discrimination. Republican lawmakers often called on the heads of large tech companies to testify before committees.
The final straw for the GOP seemed to be when Donald Trump was hit by all the most prominent social media sites. Florida-based Ron DeSantis, a big Trump fan, recently passed law to punish tech companies that “discriminate” conservatives.
DeSantis told reporters, “Many in our state have experienced firsthand censorship and other tyrannical behavior in Cuba and Venezuela. When big tech censors inconsistently enforce rules to discriminate in favor of the prevailing Silicon Valley ideology, they are now held accountable. “
Now two tech companies are fighting back. According to Politico “NetChoice and the Computer and Communications Industry Association filed lawsuits against Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and several other state officials over the anti-big-tech bill DeSantis signed Monday. “
Carl Szabo from NetChoice stated: “Americans around the world should oppose Florida’s attempt to ruthlessly treat the First Amendment rights of private online businesses. By weakening the First Amendment rights of some, Florida weakens the First Amendment rights of all. “
DeSantis press officer Christina Pushaw pushed back and said: “The protection of the Constitution is not a one-way street. On the contrary, there is a delicate balance to ensure that citizens and businesses alike are protected from government abuse, but also that all consumers are protected from abusive, discriminatory and / or fraudulent business practices. “
The law signed by DeSantis is not expected to be enforceable. However, the Florida governor’s top priority is more to fight the culture war, and this law does just that.
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He likes sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.