Bozell, Conservative Leaders Offer Principles to Counter Biased Social Media

June 3rd, 2020 1:27 PM

On Wednesday, the Free Speech Alliance (FSA) responded to President Donald Trump's executive order addressing social media platforms' bias against conservatives by releasing the following statement setting out four principles these platforms need to adopt.

Last week President Trump signed an executive order responding to the undeniable bias against conservatives on social media platforms. President Trump wasn't just angry about being personally fact-checked. He was expressing the frustration of the right and saying strongly that we are tired of being abused, suspended, censored, banned and otherwise mistreated on what are supposed to be free speech platforms.

The Free Speech Alliance has been declaring since its inception that it’s time for social media companies to embrace the ideals of the First Amendment. Instead, they have layered on new rules, added restrictions, employed biased "fact-checkers," created a leftist oversight board, and much more. It's time for them to stop their campaign against conservatives:

Stay out of politics.

Stop censoring us.

Stand up for free speech.

Spread American freedom around the world.

If Twitter, Facebook, and Google/Youtube embrace the four principles we have been encouraging from the beginning, it would go a long way towards addressing the concerns of conservatives. Those principles are:  

1) Provide Transparency: We need detailed information so everyone can see if liberal groups and users are being treated the same as those on the right. Social media companies operate in a black-box environment, only releasing anecdotes about reports on content and users when they think it necessary. This needs to change. The companies need to design open systems so that they can be held accountable, while giving weight to privacy concerns.

2) Provide Clarity on ‘Hate Speech’: “Hate speech” is a common concern among social media companies, but no two firms define it the same way. Their definitions are vague and open to interpretation, and their interpretation often looks like an opportunity to silence thought. Today, hate speech means anything liberals don’t like. Silencing those you disagree with is dangerous. If companies can’t tell users clearly what it is, then they shouldn’t try to regulate it.

3) Provide Equal Footing for Conservatives: Top social media firms, such as Google and YouTube, have chosen to work with dishonest groups that are actively opposed to the conservative movement, including the Southern Poverty Law Center. Those companies need to make equal room for conservative groups as advisers to offset this bias. That same attitude should be applied to employment diversity efforts. Tech companies need to embrace viewpoint diversity.

4) Mirror the First Amendment: Tech giants should afford their users nothing less than the free speech and free exercise of religion embodied in the First Amendment as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court. That standard, the result of centuries of American jurisprudence, would enable the rightful blocking of content that threatens violence or spews obscenity, without trampling on free speech liberties that have long made the United States a beacon for freedom.



L. Brent Bozell III
Founder and President
Media Research Center

Jenny Beth Martin
Honorary Chairman
Tea Party Patriots Action

Marjorie Dannenfelser
Susan B. Anthony List

Adam Brandon

David N. Bossie
Citizens United

Thomas Spence
President and Publisher
Regnery Publishing

Penny Nance
President and CEO
Concerned Women for America

Morton Blackwell
Leadership Institute

LTC Allen West
Senior Fellow
Media Research Center

Justin Danhof
General Counsel
National Center for Public Policy Research

Will Chamberlain
Human Events

Mathew Staver
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel

Tim Wildmon
American Family Association

Charles Copeland
Intercollegiate Studies Institute

Rachel Bovard
Senior Director of Policy
Conservative Partnership Institute

Ed Corrigan
Executive Director
Conservative Partnership Institute

Kristan Hawkins
Students for Life of America

Terry Schilling
Executive Director
American Principles Project

Brigitte Gabriel
ACT for America


Saulius Anuzis
60 Plus Association


Lori Roman
American Civil Rights Union

Christie-Lee McNally
Raven Strategies

Rick Manning
Americans for Limited Government


Deborah Weiss, Esq.
Attorney and Author

Sharon Slater
Family Watch International

Floyd Brown
Western Journal

Dr. Ted Baehr
Christian Film and Television Commission

David Kupelian
VP and Managing Editor

John-Henry Westen
Editor-in-Chief, Co-Founder
Life Site News


C. Preston Noell III
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Bill Donohue
Catholic League

Anne Schlafly Cori
Eagle Forum

Steve Jalsevac
Managing Director, Co-Founder
Life Site News

Jon Schweppe
Director of Policy and Government Affairs
American Principles Project

Austin Ruse
Center for Family and Human Rights

Ryan Williams
Claremont Institute

Becky Gerritson
Executive Director
Eagle Forum of Alabama

George Rasley
Managing Editor
Conservative HQ

Kassy Dillon
Founder and President
Lone Conservative

Mark Fitzgibbons
President of Corporate Affairs
American Target Advertising

Paul Gessing
Rio Grande Foundation

Ryan Bomberger
Chief Creative Officer
The Radiance Foundation

Rod Martin
The Martin Organization

James Nolan
Crossroads Pro-Life Walks Across America

James Taylor
Heartland Institute

Gene Mills
Louisiana Family Forum

Steven Ertelt

Kevin Freeman
NSIC Institute
Founder and Chairman

Gavin Wax
The Schpiel


Elaine Donnelly
Center for Military Readiness