DeSantis: Big Techs Are More POWERFUL than the Government

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Republican Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida told an audience at a conference that this big tech oligarchy “is in some ways, in many ways, more powerful than the government itself.”

During the legislative policy conference in Austin, Texas, last week, Florida Governor DeSantis talked about how Florida is finding ways to take action against the big tech companies who imposed censorship towards other Republican Politicians. 


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DeSantis also said at the conference that his administration is already planning how to address the role that these big tech companies have in the daily lives of Americans and its effects when the companies decide to suspend or ban President Trump from their platform, to which DeSantis said, “has made the issue “much, much more pressing.”

In reference to how the tech companies suppressed new reports from the New York Post, DeSantis said, “You have a situation wherein the election I was very disturbed to see credible articles about Hunter Biden actively suppressed by these big tech oligarchs in a way that I think absolutely had an impact on the presidential election.”

He also added that “And so I’m thinking to myself if one of you, and I was running and you had me over—I’m running for governor—you have me over, you do something, that would be a contribution. Whatever you’re doing would be considered an in-kind contribution or an actual contribution, and yet big tech, they can suppress this information, and that is just simply okay?” 

Before saying that what is happening is election interference and that it is something that needs to be addressed. 

The governor also added that the tech companies’ move to censor the report about Hunter Biden bothered him. He then stated that what was revealed since the start of the year is “really, really chilling.”

DeSantis also stated that Twitter’s move to ban Trump, who is the President of the United States, is a big deal, and he does not want to minimize it. However, he stated that what really bothered him was how they got rid of the company Parler.

DeSantis said People would always say that it is a market. So in case, you do not like to use Twitter, then you can create your own competitor. However, that is not what happened when Parler came. 

DeSantis said that Parler started gaining its users and because people knew that Twitter and was censoring conservatives, “basically siding with the incoming administration against the outgoing—people started taking their business there.”

He then said, “And so what did they do? Not only did Apple drop them. Not only did you have other things, but they also took them off the webserver from Amazon.”

The governor then said, “the lawyers quit. They couldn’t even do this. This was a coordinated assault on a company that was trying to compete.” He continued and stated, “and so I think about that and say, okay, if they can do that, that means the big tech oligarchy is in some ways, in many ways, more powerful than the government itself.”

DeSantis then added that these big tech companies serve as a judge, jury, and executioner without due process. He said that these big tech companies could effectively wipe someone’s livelihood off the map.

He then illustrated how someone who has a business uses the internet to sell things on social media and advertise. However, it so happens that they were at the Trump rally six months ago. This will upset some staffers at Facebook or any of these big tech companies, and so they will say that they have to “silence” this person. These social media companies will do it and take away their social media account and other means of communication.

DeSantis continued, “That could totally ruin somebody’s existence, and so what’s the due process for that?” He added, “So, I think that there need to be protections for people. I don’t think we can have a couple of these far-left-wing tech oligarchs control the flow of information in our country.”