More than 35 conservative organizations have signed a pledge rejecting money from big tech companies, on Tuesday including companies such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Twitter. The pledge states these companies are silencing movements and conservatives.
“As a result of Big Tech’s overt liberal agenda, they are censoring entire movements, like the right to life movement. Finally, they are actively censoring conservative leaders simply for voicing their beliefs.”
Signatories of the pledge organized by the ‘Free Speech Alliance’ and developed by Media Research Center founder L. Brent Bozell III include The Catholic League president Bill Donohue, Citizens United president David Bossie, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins and more.
The pledge alleges big tech companies “prevented a president [Donald Trump] from communicating with his voters during an election.”
According to The Washington Times, Google sent $225,000 to The Heritage Foundation, which they rejected in October; The Heritage Foundation also said it would return a $150,000 donation from Facebook.
The rest of the pledge letter, according to News Busters, can be read here:
Dear Conservative leader,
Big Tech has gone too far and its abuses are corrupting our government and elections. We members of the Free Speech Alliance call on every conservative leader and organization to reject any financial support from Big Tech or their surrogates. Including, but not limited to Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Apple.
For the last several years, Silicon Valley has grown more powerful and they are abusing that power by censoring conservative thought, individuals, and organizations. Through their deliberate censorship, Big Tech prevented a president from communicating with his voters during an election. As a result of Big Tech’s overt liberal agenda, they are censoring entire movements, like the right to life movement. Finally, they are actively censoring conservative leaders simply for voicing their beliefs.
Big Tech’s power over our public dialogue is a threat to our American democracy. This must stop. This problem will not get better until conservatives draw a line in the sand and reject the toxic influence of Big Tech cash. Big Tech money is political toxic waste.
Therefore, starting today, we are launching a campaign urging individuals and organizations to publicly take the following pledge. It is our intention to maintain a public list of people and organizations that have signed the pledge.
As of this date going forward, I/we ___________ pledge that I/we will not accept any financial support from Big Tech and its surrogates. Specifically, I/we will not accept any donations from, but not limited to, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Apple; or if I/we do accept donations from Big Tech, I/we will recuse myself/ourselves from the debate about online freedom altogether. If, from this date forward, I/we inadvertently accept any financial support from big tech companies, I/we pledge to return that support immediately and publicly. I/we make this pledge understanding that Big Tech is corrupt and poses an existential threat to our democracy. Immediate steps must be taken to ensure all people have online freedom and that elections are kept free from Big Tech’s dangerous influence.
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