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CFO Jimmy Patronis Applauds Governor DeSantis’ “Digital Bill of Rights”

2/15/2023

TALLAHASSEE, FL. – Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis applauded Governor Ron DeSantis’ announcement of his “Digital Bill of Rights”, proposed legislation to protect Floridians from big tech overreach and unfair censorship. The proposed legislation also includes measures to combat digital threats from the Communist Party of China (CCP).

CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “For years, big tech firms from Silicon Valley have manipulated the internet to brain wash Americans and leverage our data to cash-in while leaving the consumer in the dark. Americans are starting to realize that apps like TikTok are nothing more than digital fentanyl, they rot our kids brains and rob them of normal healthy social development. With ties to the CCP, TikTok is also a major security risk and it has no place in our schools, on our college campuses, or in our state government buildings. Your digital identity is extremely important, and I applaud Governor DeSantis for standing up against big tech and giving Floridians the tools needed to protect themselves and our children, once and for all.”

Last week, CFO Patronis announced his support of legislation that requires Florida school districts to prohibit and prevent students from accessing social media platforms through the use of internet access provided by each district. In January, the CFO also called for a ban of TikTok on Florida college and university campuses.

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About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).

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