‘Political Toxic Waste’: Free Speech Alliance Urges Lawmakers ‘No More Big Tech Money’

April 13th, 2021 12:51 PM

Big Tech censorship keeps getting worse. But the Media Research Center is fighting back, launching a new initiative encouraging lawmakers to refuse Big Tech’s political contributions.

MRC President Brent Bozell discussed the Free Speech Alliance’s new initiative to urge lawmakers and conservative organizations to stop accepting money from Big Tech corporations on Sinclair Broadcast Group’s The National Desk.

Bozell said that online censorship “is almost un-American. This is just not the way America operates. This is not how you operate in a democracy when you should have — and you should be embracing — free speech.”

He told the show that the letter that the Free Speech Alliance sent to lawmakers today urged them to “[s]top taking money from those companies that are trying to destroy the conservative movement, which is what elected those members of Congress in the first place.”

More than 35 organizations signed on to the initiative, which argued that “Big Tech money is political toxic waste.” People who have signed on include Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mathew Staver, Esq., B.C.S., and Senior Director of Policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute Rachel Bovard

The letter emphasized the way that “Big Tech prevented a president from communicating with his voters during an election.” Former President Donald Trump was also banned from YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, Stripe, Snapchat, Reddit, TikTok and even Shopify after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. 

The letter continued: “As a result of Big Tech’s overt liberal agenda, they are censoring entire movements, like the right to life movement.” YouTube removed the channel of LifeSiteNews in February. Pro-life messages, including stories of abortion survivors, have also been prohibited on platforms for being “inflammatory.” “Finally, they are actively censoring conservative leaders simply for voicing their beliefs,” the Free Speech Alliance said in the letter. Big Tech has censored conservative voices from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell in recent months. 

Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.