(Natural News) In an attempt to get back at the tech giants for censoring President Donald Trump and his supporters, Rep. Randy Fine of Florida is calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis to take immediate and formidable action to hit them where it hurts: in the pocketbook.
Since the Sunshine State contributes financially to Big Tech players like Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter, Fine wants DeSantis to divest all state funding from these platforms due to their relentless attacks on free speech and the First Amendment.
“Florida taxpayers should not be forced to do business with entities that censor them,” Fine wrote in a letter to DeSantis.
“I am deeply disturbed to see the country’s major technology companies 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.”
In lieu of removing Section 230 immunity protections from the tech giants, which would take the cooperation of most of Congress, Fine is hoping to at least get Florida on board in defense of conservatives and Trump supporters who are feeling the wrath of the tech tyrants.
“It is clear that Twitter and Facebook are engaged in one-sided viewpoint discrimination on targeting conservatives,” Fine warns. “These companies allow actual terrorists around the world to use their platforms to target America, Americans, and our allies, without as much as a peep.”
“And it is not disputed that Amazon, Apple and Google are actively working to eliminate any alternative outlets where conservatives can speak freely.”
Fine to introduce legislation banning state and local governments from conducting business with Big Tech
Fine is also planning to introduce legislation that, if passed, would ban state and local governments from conducting business with Big Tech. This would cut away at even more of their profits, hopefully getting their attention in such a way as to bring about change.
“They may get to decide who they do business with,” Fine says. “So do we.”
Fine’s letter and policy proposal come in the wake of numerous affronts to free speech by the tech giants over the past week. These include:
• Facebook banning the president for at least two weeks
• Twitter permanently suspending the president’s account, along with other accounts related to his campaign
• Twitter purging hundreds of thousands of Trump-supporting accounts
• Google removing Parler from its Play Store
• Apple also removing Parler from its App Store
• President Trump’s email service banning him and his campaign from sending updates to millions of supporters
• Mozilla, and owner of Firefox, promising to cut off all pro-Trump content at the browser level
• Shopify removing the Trump campaign’s online store
• Stripe, a payment processor, banning the president from using the service
• YouTube suspending the president’s accounts
• Snapchat permanently banning the president
By the time this story gets published, there will likely be even more tech companies that take a swipe at the president and those associated with him. Right now it hurts, but in the end these corrupt companies will be sorry they took aim at American patriots who love this country and only want what is best for it.
“This is a communist country,” wrote one Trending Politics commenter. “They control the media, Hollywood, education and through it all they lie to you about what communism is.”
“Communism is really the big corporations, the super-rich elite who think they are superior, controlling everything that everyone else can do. It is the New World Order and it is working on getting rid of everyone else except 500 million people whom they will allow to live to be their slaves.”
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