Free Speech Alliance Provides Principles for Social Media Fairness in Response to Trump’s Executive Order

By Craig Bannister | June 3, 2020 | 12:22pm EDT
MRC Pres. Brent Bozell

On Wednesday, the Free Speech Alliance (FSA) responded to President Donald Trump's executive order addressing social media platforms' bias against conservatives by releasing the following statement setting out four principles these platforms need to adopt.

Last week President Trump signed an executive order responding to the undeniable bias against conservatives on social media platforms. President Trump wasn't just angry about being personally fact-checked. He was expressing the frustration of the right and saying strongly that we are tired of being abused, suspended, censored, banned and otherwise mistreated on what are supposed to be free speech platforms. 

The Free Speech Alliance has been declaring since its inception that it’s time for social media companies to embrace the ideals of the First Amendment. Instead, they have layered on new rules, added restrictions, employed biased "fact-checkers," created a leftist oversight board, and much more. It's time for them to stop their campaign against conservatives:

  • Stay out of politics. 

  • Stop censoring us. 

  • Stand up for free speech.

  • Spread American freedom around the world. 

If Twitter, Facebook, and Google/Youtube embrace the four principles we have been encouraging from the beginning, it would go a long way towards addressing the concerns of conservatives. Those principles are:  

1) Provide Transparency: We need detailed information so everyone can see if liberal groups and users are being treated the same as those on the right. Social media companies operate in a black-box environment, only releasing anecdotes about reports on content and users when they think it necessary. This needs to change. The companies need to design open systems so that they can be held accountable, while giving weight to privacy concerns.

2) Provide Clarity on ‘Hate Speech’: “Hate speech” is a common concern among social media companies, but no two firms define it the same way. Their definitions are vague and open to interpretation, and their interpretation often looks like an opportunity to silence thought. Today, hate speech means anything liberals don’t like. Silencing those you disagree with is dangerous. If companies can’t tell users clearly what it is, then they shouldn’t try to regulate it.

3) Provide Equal Footing for Conservatives: Top social media firms, such as Google and YouTube, have chosen to work with dishonest groups that are actively opposed to the conservative movement, including the Southern Poverty Law Center. Those companies need to make equal room for conservative groups as advisers to offset this bias. That same attitude should be applied to employment diversity efforts. Tech companies need to embrace viewpoint diversity.

4) Mirror the First Amendment: Tech giants should afford their users nothing less than the free speech and free exercise of religion embodied in the First Amendment as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court. That standard, the result of centuries of American jurisprudence, would enable the rightful blocking of content that threatens violence or spews obscenity, without trampling on free speech liberties that have long made the United States a beacon for freedom.

The statement is signed by MRC Pres. Brent Bozell and fellow FSA members:



L. Brent Bozell III

Founder and President

Media Research Center


Jenny Beth Martin

Honorary Chairman

Tea Party Patriots Action


Marjorie Dannenfelser


Susan B. Anthony List


Adam Brandon




David N. Bossie


Citizens United 


Thomas Spence

President and Publisher

Regnery Publishing


Penny Nance

President and CEO

Concerned Women for America


Morton Blackwell


Leadership Institute


LTC Allen West

Senior Fellow

Media Research Center


Justin Danhof

General Counsel

National Center for Public Policy Research


Will Chamberlain


Human Events


Mathew Staver

Founder and Chairman

Liberty Counsel


Tim Wildmon


American Family Association


Charles Copeland


Intercollegiate Studies Institute


Rachel Bovard

Senior Director of Policy

Conservative Partnership Institute


Ed Corrigan

Executive Director

Conservative Partnership Institute


Kristan Hawkins


Students for Life of America


Terry Schilling

Executive Director

American Principles Project


Brigitte Gabriel


ACT for America


Saulius Anuzis

60 Plus Association


Lori Roman


American Civil Rights Union


Christie-Lee McNally


Raven Strategies


Rick Manning


Americans for Limited Government


Deborah Weiss, Esq.

Attorney and Author


Sharon Slater


Family Watch International


Floyd Brown


Western Journal


Dr. Ted Baehr


Christian Film and Television Commission


David Kupelian

VP and Managing Editor



John-Henry Westen

Editor-in-Chief, Co-Founder

Life Site News


C. Preston Noell III


Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.


Bill Donohue


Catholic League


Anne Schlafly Cori


Eagle Forum


Steve Jalsevac

Managing Director, Co-Founder

Life Site News


Jon Schweppe

Director of Policy and Government Affairs

American Principles Project


Austin Ruse


Center for Family and Human Rights


Ryan Williams


Claremont Institute


Becky Gerritson

Executive Director

Eagle Forum of Alabama


George Rasley

Managing Editor

Conservative HQ


Kassy Dillon

Founder and President

Lone Conservative


Mark Fitzgibbons

President of Corporate Affairs

American Target Advertising


Paul Gessing


Rio Grande Foundation


Ryan Bomberger

Chief Creative Officer

The Radiance Foundation


Rod Martin


The Martin Organization


James Nolan


Crossroads Pro-Life Walks Across America


James Taylor


Heartland Institute


Gene Mills


Louisiana Family Forum


Steven Ertelt



Kevin Freeman

NSIC Institute

Founder and Chairman


Gavin Wax


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