House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), a leading contender to assume the top House Republican post in the next Congress, has called out Silicon Valley for viewpoint censorship.
In an address to the Council for National Policy, McCarthy said, “Conservative Christians are being silenced in corporate America. And the mainstream media, including on social media where we get so much of our news today, are trying to discredit or take our words off."
The House leader cited examples of Facebook suppressing news, Twitter thwarting pro-life ads for being “inflammatory,” and Amazon kicking Alliance Defending Freedom — a major player at the U.S. Supreme Court in recent years — off of its charity program based on an unjustified hit from the leftist Southern Poverty Law Center. “If ADF is not safe from discrimination, there will be no conservative group that is safe,” he said.
Following McCarthy’s tweet this week with video of his remarks, Facebook told The Hill, “Facebook is proud to be a platform for all ideas." Facebook’s spokesperson added, "We do not suppress content on the basis of political viewpoint or prevent people from seeing what matters most to them because doing so would be directly contrary to Facebook’s mission and our business objectives.”
Sadly, while some may not wish this problem to be true — some even going so far as to call it a “hoax” — NRB has in fact documented a pattern of Christian and conservative content being censored by Silicon Valley titans. Its Internet Freedom Watch initiative (internetfreedomwatch.org) shows examples of censorship in a timeline dating back to Apple’s 2010 discrimination against the late Chuck Colson’s Manhattan Declaration app.
In a letter included in the official record of a recent House Judiciary Committee hearing focused on viewpoint suppression, NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson said we were at a “pivotal moment.” He called on tech titans to do the right thing by “proactively and publicly declaring a robust and unapologetic stand for the free speech rights of their users.” Johnson also thanked Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) for holding the hearing, because, he said, “We must determine if we are facing algorithmic or human discrimination and what is being done to correct this problem in either case.”
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: June 1, 2018