UPDATED 11:19 AM PT – Wednesday, January 13, 2021
A Florida state representative has called on Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to divest from Big Tech companies that recently censored President Trump.
On Tuesday, state Rep. Randy Fine sent a letter to the Florida governor and his cabinet members in which he pointed out that if the President of the United States can be silenced by Big Tech, so can anyone else.
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/QfoUhghgnP
— Randy Fine (@VoteRandyFine) January 12, 2021
Fine specifically highlighted Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple and Google, while noting Florida tax payers should not be forced to do business with companies that censor them. He went on to comment that if liberal groups were being censored, he would still be expressing the same concerns.
The state representative also pointed out social media platforms like Twitter still allow dictators such as the Venezuelan president on their site, but ban conservatives.
Meanwhile on Twitter, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis showed support for Fine’s call to divest and said officials should consider the proposal on the next cabinet agenda.
We should consider getting this on the next Cabinet agenda. Big-tech coordinated to shut down conservative accounts but still allows Nicolás Maduro to spread lies. https://t.co/xKOBWgKkCo
— Jimmy Patronis (@JimmyPatronis) January 12, 2021