MRC Reacts to Escalation in Big Tech Censorship by Joining Rumble

April 23rd, 2021 1:39 PM

In response to Big Tech's continued onslaught of censorship against conservatives, the Media Research Center has decided that we've had enough and so we've created a channel on Rumble to promote the use of free-speech-oriented platforms.

Rumble, an established video platform as a free-speech-oriented alternative to YouTube, will be yet another avenue for conservatives to see the work of the MRC.

MRC founder and President L. Brent Bozell said about the move: “I am proud to announce that the Media Research Center is officially on Rumble. As Big Tech uses its monopolistic grip over speech to silence conservatives, it is ever more important to adopt and support social media platforms that defend our freedom of speech. Starting now, you can find MRC’s video content on Rumble. Follow us and help us fight back against Silicon Valley’s leftist agenda!”

MRC has been a leader in the movement to ensure free speech online. It created The Free Speech Alliance in 2019 to further the goals of unifying the conservative movement and creating a world without Big Tech censorship of conservative voices. The Free Speech Alliance recently launched a new initiative to urge lawmakers to stop accepting donations from Big Tech companies.

The MRC’s Free Speech America tracks the censorship of conservatives online and records the most egregious examples in its CensorTrack database. Free Speech America also started a new project in 2021 — grading Big Tech. In quarterly Report Cards for the tech industry, Free Speech America gives Big Tech companies an overall grade for Online Freedom based on the following categories: Free Speech, User Transparency, Bias, Responsiveness to User Complaints, and Fact-Checking. In the first Big Tech Report Card, Amazon, Twitter and Apple helped earn the industry a huge “F.”

Rumble is important because YouTube’s censorship is particularly egregious. YouTube recently suspended former Rep. Ron Paul’s (R-TX) channel, deleted a COVID-19 roundtable by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and even terminated the channel of Christian ministry theDove. The platform also removed former President Donald Trump’s CPAC speech from the American Conservative Union’s channel and the Right Side Broadcasting Network’s channel. YouTube removed dislikes from the Biden White House channel, which YouTube confirmed, but claimed they were spam.

Bozell previously 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.”

Rumble saw a massive increase in downloads in November following the presidential election. The platform’s CEO Chris Pavlovski told The Washington Post at the time: “We don't get involved in political debates or opinions. We're an open platform.” 

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.