New Conservative Website Aims to Battle Online Censorship

Posted by on September 22, 2020 12:03 am

The Media Research Center (MRC) has started a website called CensorTrack, which is dedicated to battle online censorship via #FreeSpeechAmerica, a campaign designed to fight against online censorship of conservative voices.

“Our position is that if they can do it to the president of the United States, they can do it to anyone, and in fact that is exactly what is happening… every platform in Silicon Valley today is censoring conservatives,” Brent Bozell the MRC founder and president told those participating in a virtual launch event which took place on September 17th.

“We’re going to be coordinating our effort with these on Capitol Hill, making an attempt to work in a bipartisan method to take our considerations,” Bozell added.

MRC vice chairman Dan Gainor mentioned is the “first initiative of Free Speech America” and can function evaluation of tech corporations, a have a look at fact-checkers, an examination of particular censorship points, a breakdown of politicians, pundits and media figures who assist the tech trade censor conservatives, and potential treatments.

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Dan Gainor – Media Research Center

“We’ve gone back to the basics and are working actively, proving the problem. We’ve done that by creating an archive of incidents of bias, as well as a resource for people interested in the issue or writing about it,”  Gainor said.

“What we are seeing in the tech world right now is the greatest danger and encroachment to freedom of expression and thought, I think, in the history of our country,” Kelly Shackelford the CEO of First Liberty Institute, said. “Tech companies are now an information highway, common couriers. And they control this information, and they’re engaging in extensive censorship.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) attended the virtual launch event, telling listeners that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) shouldn’t be used as “an opaque shield” by the tech giants.

Section 230 states that “no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”

That section of the code has been instrumental in the rise of social media giants by permitting tech giants like Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat and others to be protected from legal liability over content that is posted on their platforms by third parties.  The problem is that when these social media overlords start censoring specific groups of people and removing people for violating none of their policies, while allowing other groups of people to get away with the same things, that’s behaving like a publisher, and they should be held liable.

“Critics say Section 230 gives tech companies too much power over what is and is not allowed on their sites. Supporters – including a wide range of Internet companies, free-speech advocates and open-Internet proponents – say that without the law, online communication would be stifled and social media as we know it would cease to exist,” Washington Post’s Rachel Lerman wrote earlier this year.

Brent Bozell
“Brent Bozell” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Blackburn plans to take action even though [Section] 230 has many defenders in its current form, and President Donald Trump’s attempts to alter how social media platforms are regulated have been met with resistance.  Probably by Democrats who gain from the censoring or RINOs like Mitt Romney who are afraid to come out against something that benefits Democrats.

“What we are doing with Section 230 reform is clarifying who can use it, when they use it, how they are going to use it, and what it can apply to,” Blackburn said of how they are going to approach reforming the statue.  She added, “And we’re changing language, removing that otherwise objectionable language that has caused or allowed big tech to say, ‘Well we find this, that or the other objectionable’.”

Bozell told attendees that they’re going to advance the ideas of Section 230, because it’s time for this problem to be addressed.  “These are not impartial platforms, these are publishers and they have to be taken into account,” he said.

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