Tech CEO Bows to Pressure on Chick-Fil-A

Last weekend, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey learned that he had committed a great sin in the eyes of some when he ate at Chick-Fil-A. After posting in celebration of saving money at the popular restaurant, a Twitter mob gathered to shame him. Among the critics was former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien, who tweeted "This is an interesting company to boost during Pride month, @jack." Dorsey then quickly apologized, “You're right. Completely forgot about their background.”

One may assume “their background” is referencing Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s affirmation in 2012 of his support for “the biblical definition of the family unit.” Declaring that faith position placed Cathy’s company on a blacklist for some on the radical Left. Sadly, this is not the first time a Silicon Valley titan has appeared to rebuff support for the restaurant chain, as Facebook for 12 hours removed a pro-Chick-Fil-A posting of former Gov. Mike Huckabee following Cathy’s declaration.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was among those to voice disgust with this latest attack on religion. He tweeted that Dorsey was “bullied,” and declared, “This lunacy has gone too far.” Rubio added in a later tweet, “The message from latest @ChickfilA incident is this: ‘Your church can still teach traditional marriage (which by the way we will still label as a bigoted belief) but don’t you dare repeat it outside of church or we will come after you, your business and/or your job.’”

Similarly, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) tweeted, “Absurd. Silicon Valley clearly still has a lot of work to do to address their bias against conservatives and people of faith.”

NRB has 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, including actions by Twitter, in a timeline dating back to Apple’s 2010 discrimination against the late Chuck Colson’s Manhattan Declaration app. To stay informed about developments like these, please follow @NetFreedomWatch on Twitter.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: June 15, 2018

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