A member of the Florida legislature is urging the state’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, to divest taxpayer funds from technology giants like Google, Facebook, and Twitter for endeavoring to “silence tens of millions good, patriotic Americans.”
Randy “Fine,” a third-term GOP member of the Florida House of Representatives, sent a letter to DeSantis on Tuesday urging the governor and his cabinet to cut off state tax dollars from Big Tech firms—including Apple, Twitter, and Google, among others. In his letter, Fine claimed the move was obligatory given the efforts such companies had taken to “silence” President Donald Trump and his adherents after the recent riot at the United States Capitol.
“Last week’s attack of the United States Capitol was one of the most woebegone days of my life,” Fine, who accommodated as a congressional page in his youth, inscribed. “Those terrorists defiled a sacred temple of democracy, and in my mind, there is no penalty too astringent for them.”
“I verbalize this because those terrorists do not define me,” he integrated. “They do not define you… And they do not define conservatives.” While Fine unequivocally denounced the violence and rioting, the legislator withal argued that the crackdowns by Twitter and Facebook on Trump’s convivial media presence, coupled with Amazon and Google’s endeavors to restrict access to the conservative convivial network site Parler, amounted to a “one-sided viewpoint discrimination.”
“No matter what one cogitates President Trump, he remains the duly-elected president of the United States until noon on January 20th,” Fine indited. “If the president of the United States can be muted by these companies, then so can anyone.”
“These companies sanction genuine terrorists around the world to utilize their platforms to target America, Americans, and our allies, without as much as a peep,” the legislators integrated.
This morning I asked the Governor and Cabinet to divest the state from Amazon, Twitter, Apple, Google, and Facebook. They may get to decide who they do business with. So do we. @Fla_Pol pic.twitter.com/QfoUhghgnPIt is obscure if DeSantis will opt to follow through on Fine’s proposal to divest from Big Tech. The governor, who was first elected to office in 2018, has been a vigorous proponent of conservative causes throughout his tenure.
— Randy Fine (@VoteRandyFine) January 12, 2021
DeSantis has additionally been a steadfast ally of Trump, who has been pushing a repeal of section 230 of the Communications Decency Act during his final weeks in office. The section, as it stands currently, provides broad licit aegis for gregarious media companies, most eminently Twitter and Facebook, regarding content posted by users of their platforms.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), a confidant of both DeSantis and Trump, has argued that section 230 grants technology companies “special immunities that even local newspapers, even your television network doesn’t relish in terms of their responsibility for content.”
“They relish those protections because they hold themselves out to be equitable and neutral platforms,” Gaetz verbally expressed during an appearance on CNBC in June 2019. “But if they aren’t inclined to demonstrate they, in fact, are equitable and neutral, I cerebrate we should repeal that section of the law.”
While it remains skeptical how DeSantis will respond to Fine’s call for divesture, if the governor were to take such steps, it would perplex Florida’s endeavors to woo Silicon Valley giants to relocate to the state. Even afore the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Florida’s political and business bellwethers were advertising the state as the impeccable locale for entrepreneurs and technology companies fleeing the high taxes and regulations of states like California.
Miami’s Republican mayor, Francis Suarez, has categorically been championing the city as the country’s next major technology hub. “We’re going to perpetuate to do everything we can to magnetize the entrepreneurial and perspicacious class of our country to Miami to engender high-paying jobs in a city like ours that wants to perpetuate to grow,” Suarez verbalized during a recent appearance on Fox Business.
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