How These Conservative Leaders Are Standing Up to Big Tech
By Movieguide® Staff
About 50 conservative leaders and organizations are standing up to Big Tech.
On Tuesday, March 16, Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell released a letter for conservative leaders to sign to send to state attorney generals calling for investigations into Big Tech’s deplatforming and censorship of conservative voices online.
“The CEOs of Google, Facebook and Twitter have repeatedly alleged their platforms are neutral forums for political speech and that they support an equal exchange of ideas. The actions by these tech companies, however, prove those claims are patently false. Conservative speech is under attack. Countless conservatives, former President Trump included, have been censored or outright banned on these platforms for simply expressing their beliefs,” Bozell said in a statement.
“We cannot allow Facebook, Google and Twitter to continue to deceive the public with lies about the political neutrality of their products. We’re urging Americans who believe in preserving free speech to contact their state attorney general and request they investigate these companies for their deceptive trade practices,” he continued.
MRC said they will mail the letter to every state attorney general office.
“We, the undersigned, respectfully request that, in your capacity as Attorney General of Texas, you initiate an investigation to determine if Twitter, Facebook, and Google/YouTube violated the consumer protection statute in the state of Texas by engaging in deceptive trade practices. Specifically, Twitter, Facebook, and Google/Youtube may have knowingly and intentionally violated their terms of service by publicly claiming their services were neutral platforms when in fact they are not. Consider the following claims made by the CEOs of these companies in sworn testimony,” the letter begins before listing some of Big Tech’s egregious missteps.
Furthermore, the letter continues:
The users of these platforms give away their private information and engage in the use of these platforms with the understanding that their engagement will not be censored, nor will others. Further, those who use the platforms for commercial purposes also buy services from the platforms to promote goods and services, with the clear and reasonable expectation that these platforms are what they say they are. Google/ YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook therefore all appear to be engaging in deceptive trade practices and as with all other 49 US states, they are open to investigation in your state under your state’s consumer protections laws.
We the undersigned, representing millions of Americans who have felt firsthand the deceptive bias of these platforms respectfully request that you initiate an investigation into these companies. We believe that these acts provide reasonable cause for you to use your enforcement mechanisms for the investigation of this issue in your state.
Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, and Google YouTube have unparalleled power in our modern society. Consider the fact that these platforms undeniably played a key role in swaying the election to make Joe Biden president of the United States. But in addition, they also have an oversized impact on shaping our society and indeed our commerce. This is not a partisan issue. As the Attorney General of the state of Texas, you owe it to the citizens of your state to investigate the harmful and fraudulent trade practices of these deceptive platforms.
Among the signatures is Movieguide®’s own Dr. Ted Baehr, who experienced deplatforming and censorship by Google last year.
As Movieguide® previously reported, during the peak of the stay-at-home orders in April, we launched a short testimonial from our founder, Dr. Baehr, sharing his testimony and the Gospel on YouTube. We wanted to reach those stuck at home with a message of hope.
Initially, the video reached nearly a half-million people, and thousands of them clicked through to our webpage where they made a decision for Christ and were given a Bible and connected to a local church.
Right as that video began to gather momentum, Google blocked it from receiving more views because it “violated their terms of service.”
After a lengthy battle with Google, we were able to prove that the video did not violate their terms of service.
Meanwhile, alternative social media platforms are cropping up online.
Mike Lindell, the founder of MyPillow, even announced his own social media platform after he was banned from Twitter.
Despite these new outlets, Big Tech must be held accountable for its actions against conservatives.