“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” – (47 U.S.C. § 230)
In one sentence, we can see how content platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube aren’t held liable for content their users post on the site. This important protection is intended to secure free speech for users and protect platforms supporting their users. In other words, this is intended to encourage free speech. More importantly, it’s supposed to encourage freedom of thought.
But those of us who have watched the systematic purging, censoring, and silencing of conservative and Christian voices on these platforms are well aware of the reality. There is no fairness. They do not encourage free speech. They are far from being the havens for freedom of thought that they promised they’d be when users flocked to their services over the last decade and a half.
It was a trap. Now, the trap has been sprung.
The petition below and those who sign it demand that these and similar sites stop their anti-conservative and anti-Christian practices. If they want to prevent harassment, then do so consistently. All too often, conservatives like James Woods are targeted for paraphrasing Ralph Waldo Emerson while people like Keith Olbermann are given a free pass even when he calls on his followers to make an individual hunter’s life “a living hell.”
Either embrace free speech (preferred) or wield your scalpel of censorship equally (acceptable) across the political and religious spectrum. If you’re going to use your power with bias, then renounce your protected platform status.