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Media Research Center President Brent Bozell on Wednesday condemned efforts by social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter to censor conservative thought. Talking to FBN’s Stuart Varney, Bozell explained the scope of the problem: “We are very much in unchartered waters. I don't know that ever in the history of man has so much power been concentrated in only a handful of companies that could determine worldwide what is and isn't acceptable speech and thought.”
If these companies want to avoid the threat of government regulation, Bozell identified the steps needed to be taken: “They have to show clarity... What are their speech codes? They have to show some kind of an ability for people to understand transparency, how they are doing, what they are doing, and conservatives have to have an equal footing.”
Media - Ideas - MRC - Report - Censorship
For more on social media suppressing conservative ideas, see this MRC report on online censorship.
A transcript is below.
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STUART VARNEY: Brent Bozell is with us. He’s Media Research Center president. Brent, welcome back, sir.
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BRENT BOZELL: Hi, Stuart.
VARNEY: Give me some evidence that Google is indeed biased against conservatives.
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BOZELL: Well, there have been numerous reports that have come out, and we have documented them, over and over again, where you have got these tech giants, whether it's Google, Twitter or Facebook that are banning conservatives. And interestingly enough, they don't ban liberals. They just ban conservatives. Now, the heads of these networks, the top brass, are coming forward and they are pleading with the American people, they are pleading with Congress, they're pleading with anyone that can listen to them to understand that no, they are not doing it.
The problem is, Stuart, yes they are. And there's the evidence that backs it up. So there comes a point,...
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