WEAK: Florida’s Anti-Big Tech Law Will Not Restore Digital Free Speech for Donald Trump and Laura Loomer
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a law he claims will protect the free speech of conservatives from Big Tech censors, but former president Donald Trump and congressional candidate Laura Loomer will not be protected under the measure.
Trump and Loomer, undoubtedly two of the highest-profile conservatives in the state, will not be protected under the new law because it does not provide retroactive protections for individuals victimized by tech giants. The bill, Senate Bill 7072, has been approved and signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
Loomer is working with DeSantis and the Florida legislature to ensure that further measures are passed to protect her rights and the rights of the former president. She stated on her website that the new law “does not provide protection for me as an already de-platformed Florida congressional candidate, and it will not protect President Trump if he decides to run for President again in 2024.”
She is hoping that DeSantis and the Florida legislature will come together during special session to produce a measure that fully protects the digital free speech rights of all conservatives in the state.
“These concerns are raised because the proposed amendments my team provided Florida legislators to make the bill retroactive were not added to the bill. However, I am hopeful that these amendments can be made during a special session for the sake of further strengthening the bill and making it flagship legislation that can be replicated in other states around the nation,” Loomer added.
Big League Politics has reported about Loomer’s push to strengthen the legislation before it was passed:
“Banished journalist and U.S. Congressional candidate Laura Loomer addressed the Florida state house on Monday to discuss problems with a proposed reform backed by Governor Ron DeSantis meant to tackle Big Tech censorship…
She calls the measure a “bold first step to ensure the 1st Amendment rights of all Floridians are protected against the dangers Big Tech poses against free speech,” but feels the legislation needs additional provisions to fully address the problem.
“Effective bills have three strong pillars: clear definitions, effective protections, and strong punitive enforcements. In its current draft, the bill does not address candidates who were previously banned and deflatformed prior to running for office nor does it address current elected officials who could also be deplatformed,” she explained.
“Further, the bill does not appear to address penalties for telecommunication companies and internet service provider companies that similarly have been known to deplatform candidates, people, and business owners for simply having an opinion,” Loomer added…
Malkin was far less diplomatic toward the Florida House, Gov. DeSantis, and the GOP in general for pushing inadequate legislation that she feels only pays lip service on the issue of combating digital censorship.
“Gullible conservatives have been led to believe that the DeSantis-backed anti-Big Tech bill in Florida would protect deplatformed political candidates like Donald Trump and Laura Loomer,” Malkin wrote in a post on the encrypted messaging platform Telegram.
“It will NOT. Nor will it affect banks, payment processors, and telecoms engaged in financially devastating censorship and discrimination against conservatives, nationalists & other persecuted dissidents. The proposed penalties are wrist slaps,” she continued.”
Gov. DeSantis and Florida Republicans will have to do better than this law if they really want to push back against tech monopolists at war with the 1st Amendment of the Constitution.