May Big Tech Fall Into their Own Net

I am glad to see that Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis is fighting for his state against Big Tech censorship. We were all shocked to see how they could remove President Trump from Twitter, and also shut down Parler. I hope his law proposal comes through and eventually Big Tech will be restricted from all their efforts to control anyone in this country. It is not right for this country and for any person to be censored. I want to offer this prayer of David’s as a prayer on behalf of President Trump.

Keep me from the jaws of the trap which they have set for me,

And from the snares of those who do iniquity.

10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,

While I pass by safely. (Psalm 141:9-10)

I pray that President Trump will get his twitter account back, or something just as good or better, and those who entrapped him unjustly would be trapped in their own nets and would pay a high price.

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 02/02/21-Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks out on the the controls he says technology companies are placing on public discourse, Tuesday during a news conference at the Capitol in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

Here is the article from Newsmax about what DeSantis is proposing:

Fla.’s DeSantis Moves to Limit Big Tech in Censorship, ‘Political Manipulation’

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday proposed a law that would combat big tech’s “censorship” of right-wing political candidates and blasted the “monopoly of communications platforms” that “monitor and control” Floridians.

The legislation will target Facebook, Twitter, Google, Amazon, and Apple, according to Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls.

“What began as a group of upstart technology companies from the west coast, has since transformed into an industry of monopoly communications platforms that monitor, influence, and control the flow of information in our country and among our citizens,” DeSantis said during a press conference at the State Capitol in Tallahassee.

“These platforms have played an increasingly decisive role in elections and have negatively impacted Americans who descend from orthodoxies favored by the big tech cartel,” he added.

Citing former President Donald Trump’s removal from Twitter in his final days in office and restrictions on social media app Parler, DeSantis said Big Tech has been allowed to “manipulate” news content and design algorithms that favor their candidates of choice.

“That’s why in Florida we’re gonna take aim at those companies and pull back the veil and make sure those guys don’t continue to find loopholes and grey areas to live above the law,” DeSantis said. “Under our proposal, if a technology company de-platforms a candidate for elected office in Florida during an election, that company will face a daily fine of $100,000 until the candidate’s access to the platform is restored.”

The bill, if passed, would prevent platforms from rapidly changing standards, allow people to opt out of content algorithms, create a “cause of action” pathway for legal action and fine tech companies $100,000 daily for “deplatforming” political candidates.

“Used to be that consumers were trusted to make their own decisions about what information to consume, about which leaders to ‘follow,’ about what news to watch,” said DeSantis. “Now those decisions are increasingly made by nameless, faceless boards of sensors.”

DeSantis’ press conference comes a week after two Florida GOP lawmakers filed bills that would prohibit the state and local governments from doing business with Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google and its parent company, Alphabet, starting July 1.

“What prompted me to draft this legislation was the lifetime ban of the president of the United States — the duly elected and non-removed president of the United States — forever, including after he was a private citizen, coupled with the sudden shutdown of competitors of companies by their fellow Big Tech companies,” state Rep. Randy Fine, R-Brevard County, told the Orlando Sentinel.

Rand Paul Confronts George Stephanopolous on Voter Fraud

I read today on Bill Koenig’s World Watch Daily, as cited by Newsmax, that there was “A contentious exchange on ABC News ‘This week With George Stephanopolous.’” Here is the original Newsmax article:

Rand Paul Insists ‘Great Deal Of Evidence’ Of Election Fraud

By Newsmax Wires    |   Sunday, 24 January 2021 10:35 AM

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Sunday declared there was a “great deal of evidence of fraud” and illegal election law changes that merit a “thorough investigation.”

In a contentious exchange on ABC News’ “This Week With George Stephanopolous,” Paul said liberal journalists are calling anybody that believes the election was stolen is a fool to bring up the subject. 

“There are two sides to every story. George, you’re forgetting who you are. You’re forgetting who you are as a journalist if you think there’s only one side,” Paul said.

“You’re inserting yourself into the story to say I’m a liar because I want to look at election fraud and I want to look at secretaries of state who illegally changed the voter laws without the permission of their state legislatures. That is incontrovertible, it happened.

“And you can’t just sweep it under the rug and say, oh, nothing to see here, and everybody is a liar and you’re a fool if you bring this up. You’re inserting yourself into the story. A journalist would hear both sides and there are two sides of a story.”

According to Paul, Stephanopolous made a mistake, warning, that by “coming from the liberal side like you, you immediately say everything’s a lie, instead of saying there’s two sides to everything… you insert yourself in the middle … [saying] the absolute fact I’m saying is a lie.”

Paul said the election case brought in Wisconsin proved his point that alleged fraud is worth investigating. A federal judge in Wisconsin dismissed a lawsuit filed by Trump challenging Joe Biden’s win there.

“In Wisconsin, tens of thousands of absentee votes had only the name on it and no address,” Paul said. “Historically those were thrown out, this time they weren’t. They made special accommodations. It’s a pandemic. They changed the law after the fact. That’s wrong, that’s unconstitutional.”

“I won’t be cowed by liberals in the media who say there’s no evidence here and you’re a liar if you talk about election fraud,” he continued. “Let’s have an open debate this is a free country.”

Paul agreed that former Attorney General William Barr said there was no evidence of fraud in the election, but called that determination “a pronouncement.”

“There’s been no examination, thorough examination of all the states to see what problems we had and see if they could fix them,” he argued.

“I voted to certify the state [Electoral College votes] because I think it would be wrong for Congress to overturn that,” he said.

“At the same time, I’m not willing to sit here and say, everybody on the Republican side is a liar and there’s no fraud,” he insisted. “|There were lots of problems and secretaries of state who illegally changed the law and that needs to be fixed and I’m going to work hard to fix it. The media today say all Republicans are liars. There are two sides to every story.”

So, it appears that Rand Paul confronted Stephanopolous rather strongly. And I agree with everything he said. Here, in review, are seven things that I took note of.

  1. Paul didn’t think that Stephanopolous was a very good journalist if he believed that there was only “one side of the story.”
  2. Paul said he was inserting himself into the story. That’s not what a journalist does.
  3. A good journalist is supposed to report the news not tell people they are liars and fools if they don’t believe a certain way.
  4. Paul said he couldn’t just sweep it [election fraud] under the rug.
  5. Paul insisted that there is a great deal of evidence of election fraud.
  6. Paul wants a thorough examination of all the evidence of voter fraud.
  7. Paul thinks there should be an open debate about it.

Rand Paul said that in the next two years he would be investigating and trying to make some changes in the voting system. I hope he is able to make some progress with that.