TALLAHASSI, “Florida”. (AP) – Social media companies have faced the wrath of Republicans in Florida as lawmakers on Wednesday prepared to send legislation to the governor as part of a campaign to punish online platforms, which some lawmakers say discriminates against conservative thinking.
It was another major legislative victory for Gov. Ron Desantis, who urged lawmakers to introduce his signature legislation as part of his campaign to reign in Big Tech, how Big Data handles consumer information և through social media. platforms are about their users.
“Let’s send a message to these Big Tech monopolies that Florida will no longer stand for their Shenanigans,” said Blaise Ingolia.
Democrats cited the name of former President Donald Trump, dismissing the effort as a partisan attempt to favor the Republican base.
“This bill is revenge for the fact that the former president’s administration was banned from spreading false information on social media, inciting riots, riots and violence,” said Anna Eskamani, a Democrat who was trying to kill the effort in her house.
The bill was introduced after Twitter permanently suspended the account of Trump, a strong ally of the governor Trump, after Trump supporters invaded the US Capitol. The social media giant has silenced some of Trump’s posts amid fears that his tweets will spur further violence.
DeSantis is a strong ally of the former president, ական the Republican governor supports huge financial penalties against social media platforms that suspend the accounts of political candidates.
The bill, which was approved by the House, fines companies $ 250,000 a day for doing so.
The Republican governor launched his crackdown on social media companies in February when he accused Facebook և platforms like Twitter of censoring the conservative ideology. He called on lawmakers to punish social media companies that block accounts of people running for office.
The Efforts did not receive without drama. It looks like it died on Wednesday when the accompanying bill failed. But the Republican leaders managed to revise the bill, it had a narrow result.
Although the main bill was easily approved by a simple majority vote, the accompanying bill failed to garner the required two-thirds majority. The leaders of the Republican House were in a hurry to persuade some lawmakers to change their votes, it was unclear whether they would succeed.
Social media platforms have become modern squares,: Republicans accuse social media companies of censoring thinking by removing messages that companies find inflammatory or using algorithms that reduce the visibility of messages that are against the core ideas.