Florida Republican Governor Ron Desantis has requested Florida’s Secretary of State to launch a probe into Facebook to investigate if they have violated any state election laws by giving preferential treatments to some candidates.
This comes after The Wall Street Journal released a bombshell report this month with some internal documents about Facebook’s Check program which according to Facebook, grants a second level of review for politicians, but not every candidate in the race.
“While the program included most government officials, it didn’t include all candidates for public office, at times effectively granting incumbents in elections an advantage over challengers, the discrepancy was most prevalent in state and local races, the documents show, and employees worried Facebook could be subject to accusations of favoritism.” The Journal reported.
Governor Desantis announced the move on Monday in a statement “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.”
“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.” he added.
In a request to the Secretary of State, Laurel Lee, Governor Desantis said, “your office should use all legal means to uncover any such violations [of alleged election interference caused by Facebook], including but not limited to, issuing subpoenas, conducting witness interviews, reviewing all available information and consulting with law enforcement.”
Big-Tech’s favorability of certain politicians associated with a certain party is very well known. Organizations like James Okeefe’s Project Veritas have exposed Facebook on several occasions with their very effective investigative journalism.
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