On lockdowns, vaccine passports, critical race theory, E-verify, and many other issues, Florida governor Ron DeSantis leads the way for Republicans. But in one important area, Big Tech censorship, he is being let down by poorly crafted legislation. In February, Gov. DeSantis turned heads across the political world when announced what appeared to be the most ambitious state-led crackdown on political interference by Big Tech yet seen. The governor called for a string of aggressive measures; bans on the blacklisting of political candidates, fines on companies that failed to comply, the ability of citizens to opt out of Big Tech's data harvesting and censorship algorithms, a private right of action for censored users, and more. Republicans in Florida's house of representatives have used this legislative session to draft a bill aimed at making DeSantis' proposals the law of the state. As things stand, Florida's Republican lawmakers seem to have completely dropped the ball. On paper, the bill ( read the draft here ) contains most of what DeSantis asked for. But because the bill is missing a crucial element – the categorization of tech companies as common carriers or places of public accommodation – most of the provisions are unenforceable, destined… Read full this story
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