(CNSNews.com) - Here's one for the "attempted censorship" files:
The following tweet on Friday morning from Byron York, the chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner and a Fox News contributor, says it all.
Mentioning new developments on a possible conspiracy involving the Steele dossier and the Trump-Russia investigation apparently is construed by some as abusive speech. York's tweet says it all:
The Media Research Center, the parent of CNSNews.com, is among the conservative groups calling on tech giants to stop the bias against conservative views.
As we have previously reported:
Conservatives increasingly are encountering problems across platforms — Twitter, Facebook, Google, and its video platform YouTube especially. Social media firms have banned gun videos and rejected pro-life advertisements. They have skewed search results and adjusted trending topics in ways that have muzzled the right.
Firms have restricted and deleted videos, even academic content. Conservative tech employees have found their speech limited and their careers harmed. And top tech companies have given preferential treatment to anointed legacy media outlets that also lean left. These same tech titans then work with groups openly hostile to conservatives to restrict speech.
Conservatives are pressing tech giants to do the following:
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.
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.
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. 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.