TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Cap News/WFLA) — Some Florida Republicans are calling for action against social media “censorship” after President Donald Trump was removed from several platforms last week.
Multiple bills have been filed in Florida’s 2021 Legislative Session to prevent de-platforming on the basis of political speech.
After an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter banned President Trump from their platforms. Facebook said it was banning Trump indefinitely, or at least through the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Twitter later followed suit and permanently suspended the @realDonaldTrump account due to “the risk of further incitement of violence.” Twitter also took action against the official @POTUS account.
Those moves by social media companies were applauded by Florida Democrats.
“We have never seen a president that would conduct himself in such a despicable way. So I think that his removal was justified,” State Sen. Perry Thurston (D-Fort Lauderdale) said.
Google, Apple and Amazon also took action to de-platform the conservative-leaning social media app Parler.
Florida Republicans like State Sen. Ray Rodrigues consider the actions an assault on free speech.
“It seems like big tech is using their resources to push their political agenda and