New Report: Social Media Silences Conservatives

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by David Nussman  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  April 17, 2018   

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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - A new report describes how conservative voices have been systematically censored by tech and social media companies.

A recent dispatch from the Media Research Center (MRC) recalls dozens of examples of major websites and corporations being prejudiced against conservatives. Available online for free download, the report details how Twitter, Facebook, Google and YouTube have suppressed Right-wing voices while showing apparent favoritism toward the Left.

The document claims that these corporations' employees are far more likely to be progressive than conservative. It states, "At Facebook .... employees donated a whopping 99 times more to Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign than to Donald Trump's. Google employees donated 63 times more money to Clinton. Twitter's employees gave Clinton 30 times more than they gave Trump."

 

"Things get even worse online as these social media firms have partnered with open enemies of the Right," the MRC's report reads elsewhere. "Groups like the SPLC, ADL, GLAAD and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) make up an alphabet soup of hatred against conservatives. Yet they help determine the policies, who can post, who can advertise and what accounts are silenced or shut down."

The report gives special attention to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Originally founded to fight against racism in the courts, the SPLC has in recent years been biased against conservative organizations, deeming them "anti-LGBT" or "anti-Muslim."

In September 2017, Church Militant reported that Catholic pro-family organization the Ruth Institute lost its ability to receive online donations due to the SPLC labeling it a "hate group." The Ruth Institute's stated mission is to help people recover from the brokenness of the Sexual Revolution, but the SPLC called the organization "anti-LGBT" because it opposes transgenderism and same-sex "marriage."

As a result of the hate group label, the institute's online donations processor opted out of the business relationship — temporarily depriving the Ruth Institute of one of its main forms of donations. 

Twitter's partnership with liberal organizations has helped create an atmosphere where conservative thought is restricted or banned.

The MRC's recent report on tech and media giants noted that Twitter suppressed hashtags relating to the Clinton campaign's WikiLeaks scandal in 2016:

Twitter's partnership with liberal organizations has helped create an atmosphere where conservative thought is restricted or banned. Twitter even prevented conservative-related hashtags from being viewed during the 2016 presidential elections. They hid two hashtags related to WikiLeaks' exposure of Democrat emails, "#PodestaEmails" and "#DNCLeak."

The recent document notes about Facebook, "The site has been accused of suppressing conservative news. Former employees told Gizmodo that topics such as the Conservative Political Action Conference, Mitt Romney and Ted Cruz were reportedly suppressed, along with links to sites including the Washington Examiner and Breitbart."

As another example of anti-conservative bias, the MRC report mentioned the case of James Damore.

A former software engineer for Google, Damore was fired in August for writing a so-called "anti-diversity manifesto." The internal memo was titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber," and it challenged the staunch leftist bias pervasive within the company.

Damore filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, accusing Google of discriminating against him. In January 2018, Damore filed a class-action lawsuit against his former employer and withdrew the earlier discrimination complaint.

After mentioning Damore's firing, the MRC's report says, "In addition to marginalizing conservatives within its organization, Google targeted conservatives online. The company posted fact-checks of conservative sites but not their liberal counterparts, making the conservative sites appear less reliable. The so-called fact-checks accused conservative sites of saying things they hadn't even said."

It continues, "Unsurprisingly, Google discontinued this program."

On January 11, Church Militant reported on this same controversy, as did conservative outlet the Daily Caller. For example, the Google fact-check feature misrepresented an article from the Daily Caller that raised doubts about specific statistics related to pollution, climate change and the world's oceans. The fact-checkers working for Google misconstrued the piece, accusing it of denying that pollution has any impact on marine life.

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