For several years now, conservatives have been accusing big tech companies of discrimination. Republican lawmakers often called 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 prominent social media sites. Florida's Ron DeSantis, a big Trump fan, recently introduced laws to penalize tech companies that “discriminate” conservatives.
DeSantis told reporters, "Many in our state have seen 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. "
Two technology companies are now fighting back. According to PoliticoNetChoice and the Computer and Communications Industry Association have filed lawsuits against Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and several other state officials over the anti-big-tech bill DeSantis signed on Monday. "
Carl Szabo from NetChoice stated: "Americans everywhere should oppose Florida's attempt to disregard the First Amendment rights of private online businesses. By weakening the First Amendment rights of some, Florida weakens everyone's First Amendment rights. "
DeSantis press officer Christina Pushaw pushed back and said: “The Office for the Protection of the Constitution is not a one-way street. On the contrary, there is a delicate balance in ensuring that citizens and businesses alike are protected from government overreach, but also that all consumers are protected from abusive, discriminatory and / or misleading business practices. "
The law signed by DeSantis is not expected to be enforceable. However, Florida governor's first priority is more interested in waging the culture war, and this legislation 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.