America was founded on the idea that all should have the opportunity and the right to speak freely, controversially, and explore ideas in order to have healthy dialogue in society. That ideal of freedom, however, seems to be in jeopardy.
Over the past week, conservative leaders in our nation’s capital have clashed with tech executives from some of America’s biggest tech giants regarding their new anti-free speech policies and practices meant to silence conservative voices.
Of course, many of the executives refuse to acknowledge such practices, however, it is well-documented; this Project Veritas investigation of Twitter and how they manipulate their algorithms to deliberately silence conservative accounts is fascinating.
We know that these tech companies – mainly Facebook, Twitter, Google, Amazon, and Apple – have been using their platforms to deliberately censor views that their corporate overlords don’t agree with. It isn’t hard to see how censorship by the world’s social media giants could become a problem given how many Americans rely on social media to communicate their ideas.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), this week, also pointed out that Facebook and Twitter aren’t the only Big Tech companies engaging in unfair practices against conservatives. The Amazon Smile charity giving program, he said, won’t allow customers to give to conservative groups such as Family Research Council or Alliance Defending Freedom, but does allow donations to Planned Parenthood.
Corporate bias towards liberal ideas – and more importantly, against conservative ones, is on full display.
Just this week, Facebook and Instagram (also owned by Facebook) have started banning posts from groups who advocate for policies and policy changes related to the homosexual lifestyle and groups who question the legitimacy of transgender theory.
While we haven’t yet been banned here at LFF, it wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine a world where conservative, pro-family content, such as what we share daily, might be too controversial to be tolerated by Big Tech.
Will they start banning groups and speech that relate to homeschooling? Parental decisions over vaccines? Whether or not it’s appropriate to reopen churches and businesses? Whether or not wearing a mask helps prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Free speech isn’t free when it’s confined to one’s own mind, yet, that’s exactly what Big Tech wants you to do: shut your mouth and accept their rules.
As Focus on the Family pointed out this week, Media Matters for America, a far-left censorship advocacy group, targeted three different conservative organizations, telling Facebook and Instagram to update their policies and start banning posts from those groups. And they listened.
The status quo will not remain unchanged. Freedom is under attack, and so are the values and institutions we hold dear – life, marriage, parental rights, economic freedom, free speech, religious liberty, and more. But together, our voices can prevail over censorship!
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Gene Mills President Louisiana Family Forum
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