|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2019
WASHINGTON (NRB) – National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), through its internet free speech arm, praises Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) for his boldness in addressing the problem of viewpoint suppression on the internet platforms of technology giants like Facebook, Twitter, and Google. Senator Hawley has authored a bill titled the “Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act,” which was introduced this week.
“Congress needs to address this bill and the underlying problem of free speech discrimination that it targets,” says Craig Parshall, NRB’s general counsel and director of its pioneering John Milton Project for Free Speech. “While this measure deals only with political viewpoint suppression, in a world where big technology companies have also blocked or suppressed religious content that contains the imagery of a crucifix or that makes reference to Bible verses, we look forward to expanding the public debate on Capitol Hill to include anti-religious discrimination by the Silicon Valley titans who control the massive levers of digital communication. Congress has previously given those companies immunity from legal action in order to spur innovation. It is time now for Big Tech to respond by vigorously honoring free speech values if they wish to maintain that privilege.”
Senator Hawley’s bill is aimed only at large, commercial technology platforms with 30 million or more users nationally or 300 million globally, or that have annual, global income of at least $500 million, and it expressly exempts non-profit technology organizations. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would be tasked with ensuring that the largest technology communication platforms comply with the law if it passes.
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