Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Tuesday is looking to act against Big Tech companies that chose to censor conservative voices and end Parler, which became the alternative social media after companies’ tyranny like Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon.
DeSantis said that the fact that Twitter censored the president of the United States “is obviously a big problem.” However, he stressed that what bothered him the most was how they “decapitated” Parler.
Big companies like Amazon, Google, and Apple censored Trump and his allies in the wake of the violent assault on the Capitol earlier this month. In response, millions of users migrated to Parler in order to circumvent the censorship. However, Big Tech decided to purge them entirely.
“You always said: ‘Hey, it’s a marketplace, you don’t like Twitter, create your own competitor’. Well, they did, and then what happened when the time came, when Parler was winning all these users -because people understood that Twitter was censoring conservative discourse and basically siding with the incoming administration against the outgoing one- people started taking their business there,” he explained. “Not only did Apple drop them, not only did you have other things, they took them off the web server from Amazon.”
DeSantis described what happened to Parler as a “a coordinated assault on a company that was trying to compete.”
“I think about that, and I say, well, if they can do that, that means that the Big Tech oligarchy is somehow, in many ways, more powerful than the government itself. You are serving as judge, jury, and executioner without due process, and you could effectively wipe someone’s livelihood off the map,” he said.
“I mean, just think of someone who has a business that uses the Internet, sells things, and social media to advertise, and they have text messaging and email and all this stuff, and then they were at a Trump rally six months ago, and that bothers some woke employees on Facebook or one of these technology companies, and then they say we have to silence this person, and they do,” he warned.
“That could totally ruin someone’s existence, and then what is the due process for that?” DeSantis continued.
The Florida governor’s remarks came in the middle of a legislative policy conference in Austin, Texas that he attended.
Big Tech and electoral interference
DeSantis also noted how companies like Twitter and Facebook also interfered in the recent presidential elections.
“I was very disturbed to see credible articles about Hunter Biden actively suppressed by these Big Tech oligarchs in a way that I think had an absolute impact on the presidential election,” he said. “I was someone who even supported [Section] 230 when I was in Congress to repeal it, but, I think we’re in uncharted waters and I think we need to really think deep down (…) I want a society where we have a robust flow of information,” he said.
“And so we’re going to take action, I think you’ll see that Texas wants to take action,” DeSantis concluded on the issue. “So, we are thinking very, very deeply about this. I think it’s probably the most important legislative issue we’re going to have to resolve this year and next year in Florida.”
Big Tech: A war on conservatives?
Big Tech censorship is mainly aimed at conservatives or those with unorthodox views. These same companies also contributed thousands of dollars to Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.
Vanessa Vallejo, co-editor-in-chief of El American, wrote in a recent op-ed piece that “it seems that the Democrats and Big Tech have made a compelling match. Neither one is better off against the other, and together they can achieve a lot.”