Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis isn’t just a champion for the residents in his state; he’s a champion who’s fighting for all Americans. Today, it was revealed that Governor DeSantis plans to bravely go where US lawmakers have been afraid to go—up against big tech censorship behemoth, Facebook.
Governor Ron DeSantis shared a copy of his letter to the Florida Secretary of State authorizing an investigation into “Facebook’s alleged election interference through its whitelisting program.” In his tweet, DeSantis defended his constituent’s right to know “how much Big Tech has influenced our elections.”
In his letter to Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee, DeSantis wrote about Facebook’s alleged whitelist of “elites” chosen “behind doors” by Facebook to receive immunity from Facebook censors. He wrote: “According to an internal review of internal Facebook documents conducted by the Wall Street Journal, Facebook has created a shadow list of certain users who are immune from Facebook’s enforcement actions on posting content.” DeSantis claimed that Facebook’s “whitelist effectively creates two classes of speakers on FAcebook’s platform, those who are privileged and those who are not.”
I am authorizing @FLSecofState and the Florida Department of State to open an investigation into Facebook’s alleged election interference through its whitelisting program.
Floridians deserve to know how much Big Tech has influenced our elections. pic.twitter.com/rmGmZ6BK6T
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 27, 2021
According to RSBN – The letter follows a bombshell report by The Wall Street Journal uncovering how “tech giant put its thumb on the scale of numerous state and local races by exempting elite users from Facebook’s own rules,” according to the governor’s statement.
“It’s no secret that Big Tech censors have long enforced their own rules inconsistently,” DeSantis said. “If this new report is true, Facebook has violated Florida law to put its thumb on the scale of numerous state and local races.”
“Floridians deserve to know how much this corporate titan has influenced our elections. That is why I am directing Secretary Lee to use all legal means to uncover violations of Florida’s election laws,” he announced. “The thought of Facebook clandestinely manipulating elections is an affront to the basic principles of our republic. We the people have the right to choose our representatives, whether or not Silicon Valley approves.”
DeSantis said if allegations turn out to be true, Facebook must be held accountable.
“Floridians deserve to have faith that their elections are free from Big Tech interference, and corporations like Facebook deserve to be held accountable for actions that erode the legitimacy of our institutions,” the governor’s statement concluded.