Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is going after Big Tech.
Newsmax reports that DeSantis has directed Florida’s Secretary of State to investigate Facebook for election interference.
Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal released a report based on internal documents from Facebook. What those internal documents revealed is that the social media giant has employed a double standard for users, allowing some to flout the platform’s rules.
Among the privileged users, according to the Journal’s report, are journalists, politicians, and celebrities. The internal documents show that all of these privileged users, which are believed to amount to at least 5.8 million users, were allowed to violate the platform’s rules without repercussions.
The program under which this double standard is maintained is called Crosscheck or “XCheck” by Facebook.
Facebook, as would be expected, denies that any such double standard exists.
DeSantis takes action
On Monday, DeSantis sent a letter to Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee asking her to launch an investigation into Facebook for election interference. DeSantis began the letter by highlighting the relevant parts of the Wall Street Journal’s report, then he highlights the problem.
“According to the Wall Street Journal, this previously undisclosed double standard ‘at times effectively grant[ed] incumbents in elections an advantage over challengers. The discrepancy was most prevalent in state and local races[.]” DeSantis noted.
“If this report is true, Facebook has put its thumb on the scale of numerous state and local races in a disturbing and concealed fashion whose scope is known only to Facebook,” DeSantis continues: “Floridians deserve to know how much this corporate titan has influenced their elections.”
Accordingly, DeSantis said that he is directing Lee’s office to investigate “this alleged election interference . . . in order to determine whether any violations of Florida’s election laws took place.” DeSantis told Lee that she will have “all legal means” available to her “to uncover any such violations.”
DeSantis concludes the letter:
The thought of technology companies clandestinely manipulating elections is an affront to the basic principles of our republic. Floridians deserce to have faith that their elecitons are fair and free from intrusion by Big Tech monolopolies like Faceboook.
We’ll have to see what Lee is able to uncover. But, it is about time that someone is trying to hold Big Tech responsible for its meddling.