Prominent America First commentators and activists will be rallying in support of Florida’s legislation against Big Tech censorship this coming week.
Nick Fuentes, host of the livestreamed commentary show “America First,” announced the rally on Twitter Friday morning. He billed the event as a press conference, with him and Laura Loomer as two of the main speakers. Then on Friday evening Fuentes announced Michelle Malkin, Vincent James, and Lauren Witzke as the additional speakers.
The rally is scheduled to start at 4:30pm on Tuesday, April 27 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Florida’s Big Tech censorship bill, HB 7013, is titled “Technology Transparency” and vows action against Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon when they engage in “unlawful practices related to censoring, deplatforming, or shadowbanning.” If passed, the bill would fine social media platforms $100,000 per day for deplatforming statewide candidates and $10,000 per day for other candidates.
Regarding its recent history, the bill has made its way through a series of Florida state house committees and was placed on the reading calendar Tuesday.
Big League Politics has previously reported on the statements of Laura Loomer and Michelle Malkin vis-à-vis the Technology Transparency bill. They have warned about its loopholes and are concerned that it does not go far enough:
[Loomer] calls the measure a “bold first step to ensure the 1st Amendment rights of all Floridians are protected against the dangers Big Tech poses against free speech,” but feels the legislation needs additional provisions to fully address the problem.
“Effective bills have three strong pillars: clear definitions, effective protections, and strong punitive enforcements. In its current draft, the bill does not address candidates who were previously banned and deplatformed prior to running for office nor does it address current elected officials who could also be deplatformed,” she explained.
“Further, the bill does not appear to address penalties for telecommunication companies and internet service provider companies that similarly have been known to deplatform candidates, people, and business owners for simply having an opinion,” Loomer added.
Malkin was far less diplomatic toward the Florida House, Gov. DeSantis, and the GOP in general for pushing inadequate legislation that she feels only pays lip service on the issue of combating digital censorship.
“Gullible conservatives have been led to believe that the DeSantis-backed anti-Big Tech bill in Florida would protect deplatformed political candidates like Donald Trump and Laura Loomer,” Malkin wrote in a post on the encrypted messaging platform Telegram.
“It will NOT. Nor will it affect banks, payment processors, and telecoms engaged in financially devastating censorship and discrimination against conservatives, nationalists & other persecuted dissidents. The proposed penalties are wrist slaps,” she continued.