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DeSantis signs law to allow social media users to sue big tech

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law Monday so that social media users who feel they’ve been treated unfairly can sue big tech platforms. The bill also prevents platforms that have violated antitrust law from contracting with any public entity and prohibits big tech from de-platforming Floridian political candidates.

“This session, we took action to ensure that ‘We the People’ — real Floridians across the Sunshine State — are guaranteed protection against the Silicon Valley elites,” de Santis said at a press conference to commemorate the signing.

“Many in our state have experienced censorship and other tyrannical behavior firsthand in Cuba and Venezuela. If Big Tech censors enforce rules inconsistently, to discriminate in favor of the dominant Silicon Valley ideology, they will now be held accountable.”

At the end, one reporter asked him: “You’re loyal to former President Donald Trump, Donald Trump is now a resident in Florida and he was de-platformed. Is this bill for him?”

“The bill is for everyday Floridians,” de Santis said. But, he did seem to disagree with the suspension of Trump from such platforms. “When you de-platform the president of the United States and allow but you let Ayatollah Khomeini talk about killing Jews, that is wrong.”

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Oklahoma passes bill banning majority of abortions from ‘moment of fertilization’

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Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Wednesday which bans virtually all abortions “from the moment of fertilization.”

“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” Stitt said in a statement. “That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”

The state legislature first approved the bill, which goes into effect immediately, last week. It bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, except for in cases where rape or incest occurred, or where the mother’s life is in danger.

The law also allows for private citizens to sue doctors or those who participate in “producing an abortion for up to $10,000, mimicking the enforcement mechanism in Texas’s fetal heartbeat law” reports National Review.

Under the new law it is a felony offense to perform an abortion, “which will take effect in August unless a court challenge blocks it.”

 

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