NRB Highlights New Media Censorship

At the National Press Club this week, NRB hosted an event highlighting threats to free speech on new media platforms, such as Google, Facebook, and Apple. NRB’s John Milton Project for Free Speech also released a new report, “The Future of Free Speech, Free Press and Religious Freedom on Facebook, Google, Apple, etc. – A Current Assessment.”

NRB Senior Vice President & General Counsel Craig Parshall, who directs the John Milton Project for Free Speech, declared, “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…. These Web technology companies have promoted themselves as advocates of free speech. It is time for them to live up to that standard.”

This week’s event featured introductory comments from Gov. Mike Huckabee, who shared via video the case of his Facebook page being shut down while trying to rally pro-marriage support during the Chick-fil-A dust-up last year. Following those comments, Mr. Parshall moderated discussion by 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.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: October 4, 2013