On Tuesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and congressional leaders highlighted proposed legislation that would increase technology transparency in Florida, particularly as it relates to “Big Tech” firms like Facebook/Instagram, Twitter, Apple, Amazon, and Google.
The bill introduced in the House is called the “Transparency in Technology Act.”
“In Florida, our message to Big Tech is loud and clear,” said Governor DeSantis. “Big Tech companies have long since abdicated the protection of consumers for the pursuit of profit and we can’t allow Floridians’ privacy, voices, or livelihoods be violated or diminished. When it comes to elections, Big Tech shouldn’t be in the business of censoring or de-platforming candidates, but rather, voters should be able to make that choice independently. Floridians should be able to choose which content to consume and which to ignore, because I want to preserve Florida’s rich, diverse public discourse and not allow corporate-owned, content managing outlets to dominate our voices. With the help of our legislative partners, we’re going to stand together and support Floridians and put a stop to Big Tech’s practice of preying on, censoring and de-platforming consumers.”
Floridians have a right to know how these companies shape what they see and control what they say. The proposed legislation announced would aim to require big tech firms to do the following:
- Publish standards used to ban posts, de-platform and shadow ban users.
- Provide equal access for established news organizations and qualified political candidates to reach users free from manipulation by algorithms.
- Stop arbitrarily censoring and/or de-platforming users.
- Give users the power to opt out of algorithms.