If you’re a bold, outspoken believer in Jesus and happen to love America and the cause of liberty, then you might have noticed that certain tech companies and social media platforms aren’t so friendly toward your views.
Many Christians have found themselves in “Facebook jail” for sharing what hardcore leftists might call “intolerant” opinions on hot button issues like abortion, homosexuality, and radical Islamic terrorism. This is more or less Facebook banning people from using their platform just for sharing their thoughts and ideas.
Strangely, you don’t see nearly the amount of banning and blocking going on from Facebook and Twitter when the opinions expressed are the “right” opinions, such as those held by liberals.
Well, these companies have been caught with their hand in the cookie jar so to speak, and a new initiative has been born to help expose them and their hypocrisy.
WND is saying:
Censorship of Christian and conservative speech online by tech companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and Apple is the target of an initiative called Internet Freedom Watch, launched Thursday by the National Religious Broadcasters.
The initiative has established a website, InternetFreedomWatch.org, to document cases, including Twitter’s removal of an ad by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., in October and Facebook’s removal of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s post supporting Chick-fil-A in 2012.
NRB, which has published a chart with more than 30 instances of Internet censorship, said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and a former Federal Communications Commission commissioner have endorsed the effort.
Jerry A. Johnson, NRB’s president and CEO, pointed out at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington that NRB was founded in 1944 in response to corporate censorship of evangelical radio ministries.
He said the group now wants to address “those who desire to expunge opposing viewpoints from the marketplace of ideas by recklessly using nebulous terms like ‘hate speech.’”
The chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, just last week accused Twitter and several other companies of being “disingenuous” as they continue to argue in favor of having a free and open Internet for all to express themselves, while blocking and discriminating against any content they find posted on their sites that they don’t personally agree with.
Pai was appointed by President Trump and has already rubbed liberals the wrong way by unveiling a plan to undo net neutrality, yet another awful leftover from the Obama administration.
He went on to slam Twitter for having a double standard for specifically targeting, de-verifying, or suspending conservative users while not holding liberals to the same standard.
NRB is wanting Congress to take action by holding hearing on the “severe problem of viewpoint censorship on the Internet,” in hopes of preserving the free speech of religious people and conservatives who have a different view of the world than that held to by the progressives who run most of these companies.
Now, it’s important to note that private companies can most definitely decide for themselves what their rules and policies will be regarding the conduct of those using their platform, but that doesn’t mean their choices are morally right or acceptable.
Is it really fair for a company to claim to be about tolerance, openness, the sharing of information, and freedom of expression, but then turn around and limit someone’s ability to speak their mind, just because they disagree with them?
If they are just building a company for liberals, why not be open and honest about it? Could it be these tech companies still need Christian and conservative customers to buy their products and services? To click on links and make them money through advertising?
That’s precisely it. However, they want you to use their product, but to also back their ideology so they can appear cutting edge and appeal to the “woke” crowd. They want to have their cake and eat it too.
The best solution to this issue is for these companies to put conduct rules in place to stop trolls and harassers, and then step back and allow people an opportunity express themselves and hash out their differences, that way everyone is equal and able to speak their minds.
Let’s hope Trump’s pick at the FCC helps foster this kind of atmosphere and free speech online is preserved.