For Immediate Release: May 24, 2021
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
Washington, D.C.: “Florida is leading the way in protecting Americans from political censorship online,” said Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. “Social media platforms are the new public square, and Big Tech monopolies have proven they will not safeguard free speech and open dialogue. In fact, they are bent on pushing their political agenda and silencing the opposition. Thankfully, there are still leaders willing to fight for our fundamental rights!”
Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed SB 7072 into law, levying fines of up to a quarter-of-a-million dollars per day on companies who deplatform candidates for elected office. “If Big Tech censors enforce rules inconsistently, to discriminate in favor of the dominant Silicon Valley ideology, they will now be held accountable,” DeSantis said.
Martin concluded, “I speak often of the Narrative Machine, a combination of Big Government telling us what we can and cannot do, Big Media telling us what we should and should not think, and Big Tech telling us what we can and cannot say. Free Speech is a pillar of our republic, and it must be safeguarded for all if our nation is to continue. We are grateful that the state of Florida has executive and legislative leaders willing to protect its citizens from Big Tech censorship.”