On Wednesday, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell and other conservative leaders wrote to Twitter’s chief executive officer Jack Dorsey, urging the company to publicly confirm it has removed the Southern Poverty Law Center from its Trust and Safety Council and has severed any other ties it has with the “anti-Christian, anti-conservative” SPLC.
In a separate statement, Bozell called on Twitter, as well as Facebook, Google and Amazon, to make it clear that they won’t associate with this hateful organization. (We reached out to representatives from Google, Facebook and Twitter for a comment and did not hear back.) That statement is below:
“Two weeks ago, we issued open letters to the CEO’s of Facebook, Twitter, Google and Amazon urging them to cut ties with the corrupt, anti-conservative, anti-Christian Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
“Since then, it’s been reported that Twitter has severed ties with the organization. It’s time they publicly confirm or deny this. If true, we commend them for taking action.
“The lack of a public response from Facebook, Google, and Amazon, however, indicates they continue to affiliate themselves with the hypocritical SPLC. The American public deserves an answer. We ask the CEOs of these tech giants again — will your company continue to align itself with an anti-conservative, anti-Christian organization accused of harboring systemic racism or will you do the right thing and publicly sever ties with them? We await your response.”
The letter from Bozell and other conservative leaders follows up on a similar letter conservative leaders sent to these groups on April 3.
The letter to Twitter's CEO is below. A similar communication was sent to Google, Amazon and Facebook.
April 17, 2019
Mr. Jack Dorsey
Chief Executive Officer
1355 Market Street #900
San Francisco, CA 94103
Dear Mr. Dorsey,
Two weeks ago, 34 conservative leaders wrote to you demanding that you formally and publicly cut ties with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). According to an anonymous comment provided to the Daily Caller for an April 7 story, Twitter is no longer working with the SPLC as part of its Trust and Safety Council. However, that was 10 days ago and Twitter still has not made any formal announcement about its relationship with the SPLC. If it is true, we will happily applaud this decision publicly.
As outlined in our previous letter, SPLC has proven over and over again to be a hate-filled, anti-Christian, anti-conservative organization and nothing more than a weapon of the radical Left, whose goal is to bully people into compliance with their ideology. Moreover, as several news outlets reported, the termination of co-founder Morris Dees and the resignation of president Richard Cohen were the result of discrimination, harassment and intolerance within the organization itself.
If Twitter maintains any relationship with the SPLC in an advisory capacity, it is embracing a bigoted, hypocritical organization with a hate-filled agenda. Immediately issuing a public statement cutting any and all ties with the SPLC would restore Twitter’s credibility on this issue.
We urge you once again in the strongest possible terms to make a formal and public declaration that you are cutting all ties with the SPLC. We look forward to informing our millions of grassroots supporters that you are terminating your relationship with this hateful and hypocritical organization.
L. Brent Bozell III
Founder and President
Media Research Center
Angel Pictures & Publicity, Inc.
Lady Brigitte Gabriel
Founder & Chairman
ACT for America
Foley & Lardner LLP
American Principles Project
Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief
The Weyrich Lunch.
Mark J. Fitzgibbons
President of Corporate Affairs
American Target Advertising, Inc.
Young America’s Foundation
Richard A. Viguerie
Conservative Partnership Institute
Campaign for the American Future
Everett Piper, PhD
Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Rod D. Martin
Founder & CEO
The Martin Organization, Inc.
Lieutenant Colonel Allen B. West
(US Army, Retired)
Member, 112th US Congress
Senior Fellow, Media Research Center
Shawn A. Mitchell
Former National Chaplain
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Florida House of Representatives
Lee A. Beaman
Beaman Automotive Group
Founder and Chairman
National Center for Public Policy Research
Chairman and CEO
The American Civil Rights Union
Lisa B. Nelson
American Legislative Exchange Council
Gary L. Bauer
Reagan Biographer and Presidential Historian
Louisiana Family Forum
Founder and Executive Chairman
Center for Security Policy
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
60 Plus Association
James L. Martin
60 Plus Association