DeSantis Orders Investigation into Facebook for Election Meddling
Florida Gov goes to war with Tech giant
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has directed Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee to launch a full investigation into social media giant Facebook for alleged election interference, according to reports.
Governor Ron DeSantis said:
“It’s no secret that Big Tech censors have long enforced their own rules inconsistently."
“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," he said.
"That is why I am directing Secretary Lee to use all legal means to uncover violations of Florida’s election laws."
"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.”
In a letter to Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee DeSantis directs the Division of Elections to probe the alleged failures of he tech giant to comply with Florida’s election laws.
Read the letter here.
The double standard that Facebook applies to its users is also revealed in internal documents obtained by the Wall Street Journal.
While so-called fact-checkers pummel most publishers and accounts, the platform allows select users the freedom to disregard the platform’s own community standards and avoid any punishment.
The Wall Street Journal report implies that Facebook has created a privileged class of speakers empowered to manipulate elections with impunity.
Those elite users on Facebook’s “whitelist” were also reportedly chosen by Facebook behind closed doors.
The selection process of the whitelist is concealed from the public.
The process may have provided a benefit to incumbent elected politicians, giving them an advantage over challengers in state and local elections.
Earlier this year, DeSantis vowed to go to war with Big Tech after a Democrat federal judge blocked his anti-censorship law.
Meanwhile, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg saw chants of "lock him up" during Donald Trump's Georgia rally.
The chants came in response to reports that the Big Tech oligarch donated $45 million to election-related groups in the state.