In a conversation with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Facebook Live on Wednesday, Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell declared the recent censorship of conservatives "the greatest worldwide censorship" of free speech in "the history of man."
"In recent months, there has been a debate that has now exploded on the national scene dealing with the subject of censorship and the power of a handful of tech companies," Bozell said. "When you consider that Twitter and Facebook have over a billion of an audience – NBC News has four million, Twitter and Facebook have a billion - it's worldwide."
“And when they make rules on, quote, unquote, hate speech, and rules are, are designed to censor conservative thought, you've got-- technically-- the greatest worldwide censorship of free speech in history, in the history of man," Bozell said. "It's that dramatic."
Bozell then described an MRC survey showing that 32% of self-identified American conservative subscribers have left Facebook and another 65% believe there is an agenda of censorship against them.
Rep. Jordan said he considers conservative censorship “a very serious” threat, pointing to recent reports of Google’s bias:
"I mean, extremely serious. And it's not just people who have complaints or beliefs about what's going on-- there are facts. We saw the story about Google. Their silent donation to impact how the searches were going to help Secretary Clinton in the presidential election against President Trump."
Jordan also noted how Twitter appears to “shadow-ban” only conservatives:
"There are 435 members of Congress. There are 100 members in the United States Senate. 535. Four-- four-- get shadow-banned-- four members of Congress-- get shadow-banned by Twitter. The names: Gates, Meadows, Nunes, Jordan. Four conservatives-- four individuals who happen to be probably the most active on the whole FBI/DOJ investigation-- they get shadow-banned. And, and Twitter says, 'Oh. It was just a glitch in our algorithm.'”
"I mean, come on," Jordan exclaimed, expressing skepticism of Twitter’s claim and calling for further investigation by Congress:
"It's not beliefs, it's not complaints... it's facts. Facebook does it, Twitter has done it now and we just learned about Google, so this is as serious as it gets because as you pointed out, the impact and influence and number of people that are involved in these social media platforms is just huge.
“So, yeah, this is serious, and first thing we've got to do, I think, is continue to have hearings. Continue to highlight what's going on and let the American people say your hunches, your beliefs, your suspicions-- they're actually happening, and bring these folks in, and make them answer some of the tough questions. So that's step one, and then where do we go from there? I think it depends on how the hearings proceed."