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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:

Signatures:

 

L. Brent Bozell III

Founder and President

Media Research Center

 

Jenny Beth Martin

Honorary Chairman

Tea Party Patriots Action

 

Marjorie Dannenfelser

President

Susan B. Anthony List

 

Adam Brandon

President

FreedomWorks

 

David N. Bossie

President

Citizens United 

 

Thomas Spence

President and Publisher

Regnery Publishing

 

Penny Nance

President and CEO

Concerned Women for America

 

Morton Blackwell

President

Leadership Institute

 

LTC Allen West

Senior Fellow

Media Research Center

 

Justin Danhof

General Counsel

National Center for Public Policy Research

 

Will Chamberlain

Publisher

Human Events

 

Mathew Staver

Founder and Chairman

Liberty Counsel

 

Tim Wildmon

President

American Family Association

 

Charles Copeland

President

Intercollegiate Studies Institute

 

Rachel Bovard

Senior Director of Policy

Conservative Partnership Institute

 

Ed Corrigan

Executive Director

Conservative Partnership Institute

 

Kristan Hawkins

President

Students for Life of America

 

Terry Schilling

Executive Director

American Principles Project

 

Brigitte Gabriel

President

ACT for America

 

Saulius Anuzis
President

60 Plus Association

 

Lori Roman

President

American Civil Rights Union

 

Christie-Lee McNally

President

Raven Strategies

 

Rick Manning

President

Americans for Limited Government

 

Deborah Weiss, Esq.

Attorney and Author

 

Sharon Slater

President

Family Watch International

 

Floyd Brown

Publisher

Western Journal

 

Dr. Ted Baehr

Chairman

Christian Film and Television Commission

 

David Kupelian

VP and Managing Editor

WorldNetDaily

 

John-Henry Westen

Editor-in-Chief, Co-Founder

Life Site News

 

C. Preston Noell III

President

Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

 

Bill Donohue

President

Catholic League

 

Anne Schlafly Cori

Chairman

Eagle Forum

 

Steve Jalsevac

Managing Director, Co-Founder

Life Site News

 

Jon Schweppe

Director of Policy and Government Affairs

American Principles Project

 

Austin Ruse

President

Center for Family and Human Rights

 

Ryan Williams

President

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

President

Rio Grande Foundation

 

Ryan Bomberger

Chief Creative Officer

The Radiance Foundation

 

Rod Martin

CEO

The Martin Organization

 

James Nolan

President

Crossroads Pro-Life Walks Across America

 

James Taylor

President

Heartland Institute

 

Gene Mills

President

Louisiana Family Forum

 

Steven Ertelt

Editor

LifeNews.com

 

Kevin Freeman

NSIC Institute

Founder and Chairman

 

Gavin Wax

Publisher

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