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John Milton Project to Present New Report on Online Censorship by Facebook, Google, Apple, etc.

John Milton Project for Free SpeechNRB’s John Milton Project for Free Speech will present a new report on the most recent acts of online censorship by today's leading media tech giants during a roundtable event next week in Washington, DC.

In The Future of Free Speech, Free Press and Religious Freedom on Facebook, Google, Apple, etc. – A Current Assessment, the report's author, NRB Senior Vice President & General Counsel and John Milton Project Director Craig Parshall, gives an update on the targeting of traditional values, conservative ideas, and Christian orthodoxy by companies including Facebook, Google, and Apple.

“New media tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple have enjoyed a Goliath-like dominance over the digital information world. Yet we have documented how they continue to censor viewpoints on their sites that promote traditional values, conservative ideas, or Christian orthodoxy,” shared Parshall. “These Web technology companies have promoted themselves as advocates of free speech. It is time for them to live up to that standard.”

During the roundtable event on October 3, Parshall will moderate a panel of experts in technology, law, and policy, including Todd Starnes, Host of FOX News & Commentary; Eric Teetsel, Executive Director of the Manhattan Declaration; Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow with the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University; and Trevor Burrus, Research Fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies.

Dr. Frank Wright, NRB President & CEO, will present opening remarks for the latest in this pioneering series of John Milton discussions. The event will also feature some introductory comments from Gov. Mike Huckabee, who will share via video his experience of having his pro-traditional marriage Facebook page taken down during the Chick-fil-A debate last year.

After the roundtable discussion on October 3, there will be a Q & A session, beginning with questions from the press in attendance as well as those from other attendees. Seating is limited, so members of the press and other interested individuals will need to RSVP to Jennifer Gregorin at jgregorin@nrb.org to secure a seat.

The event will officially begin at 9:30 a.m. on October 3 and is scheduled to conclude by 12:00 noon. It will be held in the National Press Club’s First Amendment Room in Washington, DC.

Published: September 26, 2013

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