Rebellion begins: State of Florida considers divesting from Big Tech

Florida will consider divesting from technology companies that have banned or suspended President Donald Trump’s social-media accounts when Gov. Ron DeSantis next meets with his Cabinet.

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis said Tuesday he will raise the issue with DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody and Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried when they meet Jan. 27.

Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, first raised the issue when he demanded the state audit its investments with major tech companies and divest from those that he maintains are unfairly targeting Trump and his supporters.

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In a letter, Fine asked DeSantis and the Cabinet to “order the immediate divestment of any Florida-held equity and debt” in Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Twitter.

“This morning I asked the Governor and Cabinet to divest the state from Amazon, Twitter, Apple, Google, and Facebook,” Fine tweeted Tuesday. “They may get to decide who they do business with. So do we.”


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