Governor DeSantis Introduces Groundbreaking Legislation to Protect the Digital Rights and Privacy of All Floridians
On Wednesday, February 15, DeSantis announced his proposal to protect Floridians’ digital rights and privacy from Big Tech companies by creating a Digital Bill of Rights that focuses on protecting Floridians’ privacy, protecting minors from online harms, and eliminating unfair censorship.
The proposal also bans the use of TikTok and other social media platforms with ties to China from all state government devices, and through internet services at colleges, universities, and public schools, and prohibits state and local government employees from coordinating with Big Tech companies to censor protected speech.
This proposal is for the 2023 Florida Legislative Session that begins in March.
- Governor Ron DeSantis, February 15, 2023
- AG Ashley Moody, February 15, 2023
These executive actions and legislative proposals build upon legislation signed by Governor DeSantis in 2021 that required social media companies to be transparent about their content moderation practices, allowed the Attorney General of Florida to bring action against technology companies that violate the law under Florida’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and prohibited the de-platforming of Floridian political candidates.
Read the full proposal HERE.