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Earlier this week I noticed articles in a number of major news outlets highlighting a new study that purportedly “refutes” or “dispels” allegations of Big Tech bias against conservatives. I suppose I should be thankful USA Today took the time to at least include a conservative voice in its article. Most seemed content to simply portray the report as an open-and-shut body of research.


Curious, I took a look at this study released earlier in the week by the New York University Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. To its credit, it doesn’t hide its perspective. The title of the report is “False Accusation: The Unfounded Claim that Social Media Companies Censor Conservatives.”

That’s a big statement. You need have no doubt about where this narrative is going.

But how does it get there? Well, it makes a case that conservatives actually have a bigger presence and more engagement on social media than those on the political Left. That’s not a new argument from Big Tech defenders, and actually I find the numbers presented here very interesting. I’m willing to learn, and I’d love to see an honest debate about the strength of those conclusions.

But even if the purported findings about conservative engagement statistics can withstand reasonable and objective scrutiny, that does not negate the stories — the many, many stories.

This study (and other reports and editorials like it) refuse to acknowledge a multitude of actual honest complaints about viewpoint discrimination. The authors go so far to say (in the body of their work), “The false bias narrative is an example of political disinformation, meaning an untrue assertion that is spread to deceive.”

Wow. I’m pretty sure Focus on the Family President Jim Daly would disagree. Daly — a pretty even-keeled and big-hearted socially conservative Christian — took to his blog this week to call out “The Censoring and Silencing of Conservative Speech.” Specifically, he was lamenting the ongoing blocking of his organization’s Daily Citizen magazine from Twitter. That tech giant, which has become infamous for its selective “content moderation” choices in recent months, ruled (without satisfactory explanation) that Daly’s outlet was guilty of “hate speech.”

Daly’s predicament is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many stories of such discrimination. Remember when a Twitter official refused to admit to senators that a quote by Mother Teresa was not hate speech? And before that, there was the censoring of a pro-life ad by a prominent Member of Congress.  Those are just a couple prominent Twitter offenses, but you don’t have to look hard for stories featuring other big name tech companies and their treatment of credible organizations and individual citizens.

So why don’t the NYU report authors or other Big Tech defenders address these real stories?

To be fair, the NYU report does highlight the pro-life ad incident, but tellingly it does not even entertain the possibility of a legitimate story. Just like with its own subject matter, it ignores indicators that would corroborate an inconvenient narrative and simply rests its case on the oft-repeated talking points of abortion activists. “In fact, there is no credible evidence that Planned Parenthood sold baby body parts,” the report dismissively declares, tossing any weight from shocking admissions Planned Parenthood officials have themselves made under oath in this horrific matter.”

What of other stories? The report seems to pardon some “mistakes,” but for the most part the refrain continues to be that there is “no reliable evidence.”

That’s interesting. Many people see plenty of reliable evidence. They see it with their own eyes. Strikingly, Pew Research Center reports that 72 percent of U.S. adults (including 6-in-10 Democrats) now think platforms likely censor political views they don’t like.

So why this refusal to see? Why not at least acknowledge the stories? I’d love to intellectually grapple with the findings and recommendations of such a report, but it’s hard to take them at face value when the study seems pre-determined to turn a blind eye to any inconvenient clues. Of all people, scientific researchers (and the media that promote their findings) should have no fear of evidence that challenges and refines their theories if truth is what we’re all trying to find.

Aaron Mercer is a Contributing Writer with two decades of experience in Washington, D.C.s public policy arena. He reflects on faith, technology, and the public square at FTPolicy.com. (Photo Credit: Unsplash.)

Will you pray against such blindness? It may be intentional or it may not. That’s not my place to judge. But I do know we need a culture that honestly pursues truth to prevail in our nation.

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Dianna Brown
February 7, 2021

John 12:46 I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.
Truth is light. Lies are darkness. Light always overcomes darkness. Truth always wins.
Father, we praise You that you sent Your Son to be light. Thank You that you intended for us to be that light in the world of darkness. You chose Your Bride to be the voice of truth and light in this world. Father, for those who choose to not allow truth, who have a megaphone for lies, have mercy because many believe their darkness is truth. Help us Father, to spread truth to whomever will listen so that eventually truth will be so bright that darkness will have to succumb to light. It is a spiritual battle, Father, and only Your word can conquer this trend to stifle truth by impeding free speech. Your enemies, if they continue, will be either humbled or humiliated. Guide Your Church in how to act and react to the enemy’s weapons of lies and deceit, manipulation of words, and platforms of power. You are greater in us than he who is in the world, so we give all the glory to You as we see how Your light will conquer all darkness. Zechariah 5:3-4. We do believe all liars and thieves will be cleaned out. AMEN!

Regina Ford
February 7, 2021

Dear Father Romans chapter 1 tells us about truth suppression We need not be surprised. We are thankful for this time to be bearers of truth and light as Jesus Christ who is king forever lives in us. Thank you Lord that eyes are being opened according to your words which are forever truthful and pure. No explanation or research needed. May you grant us your courage and stoutheartedness during these days In-N-Out generation to stand on the side of truth. There is no other safe place. In Jesus name. Amen!!

February 6, 2021

You bet we will pray against this blindness. Standing in agreement!

These people that are trying to get us to believe that there is no censorship have to know they are aggressively trying to deceive the country. Praying they repent from their behavior and become whistleblowers.

These people must think most Americans are utterly stupid. Anyone can tell that there level of censorship is unprecedented.

Remember when the IRS got in big trouble for targeting Christians and conservatives? The left have been desperately trying to control us, bully us, and silence us on EVERY level. Big Tech is just another level.

Recently, Youtube was caught red handed for manipulating the Biden administration YouTube page to make him appear more popular. They removed several dislikes from one of his first videos after inauguration.

Biden’s page apparently made him look bad because there were initially way more people disliking his video than liking it, so they removed the number of dislikes. Can’t make this crazy stuff up. Do a quick search on that and if you haven’t seen it before, it will shock you.

YouTube made these manipulations quickly, which proves that they are working very, VERY closely with the Biden administration.

Also, Instagram would not allow people to unfollow Biden’s page. Many complained they were being forced to see the administrations feed regardless of how many times they put “unfollow”. So many remarked on it, it was reported on more right leaning news sights.

Kathy Burke
February 6, 2021

As one never on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram, I don’t feel any Pain of missing a voice there… but I am able to see censorship when it occurs elsewhere.
But I think we need to not support companies that are promoting that. We also need to let our government Reps no that we as Christians have rights given by God and this country. Further censoring will not be
long behind…
God help us to act rightly and swiftly. For Jesus is our King
and Lord. We must speak his saving Glory.
Thank you God for

February 6, 2021

This post is directly under the YouTube link for Mike Lindell’s voter fraud proof. I clicked on the link and YouTube has removed it. So there’s the proof of censorship.

Praying for our country and the unsaved around the world. We need Jesus more than ever.

Carolyn Guggenheim
February 6, 2021

I pray for truth to be revealed.

    February 6, 2021

    You can get the whole story by going to michaeljlindell.com🙏🏻💕🕊

Linda Lou
February 6, 2021

I’m sorry to write this, but the Liberals only see truth as their truth and are not willing to listen to any other “truth.”
We’re in for a rough ride as Conservatives. The persecution has begun. The Lord will strengthen and uphold us,
but it isn’t going to be easy. Are all of you ready for this? I even had another Christian try to “straighten me out”
yesterday on my viewpoint of not bowing down to “Cesar.” So here we are, in-fighting with one another, which must
stop. The Devil is our Adversary, not one another. A united front under the banner of our Loving God is our only hope in the years to come.

    Carolyn Guggenheim
    February 6, 2021

    Unfortunately, many Christians do not know the truth. They support abortion, don’t support Israel and want the police and military disrespected and/or totally eliminated. The enemy definitely had an in with too many Christians.

      February 6, 2021

      Very sad. God is either the number one in our lives or not. If a person professes to be a Christian but is unable to honor what is important to God by their vote, who are they really serving?

      Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

      I understand how you feel. It is extremely painful to have people you care about that say they are Christians try to drag you down from keeping our eyes on God.

      We are in a historic spiritual warfare and it was taking me off course to explain my faith in God’s promises to naysayers, so I had to distance myself to keep my spiritual sword sharp and mind as pure as I possibly can. It is challenging enough without the naysayers, but darn near impossible with them.

      Thank God we have sites like this to encourage like minded Christians. God can and will use a remnant.

      God Bless you both as we keep watch on the Lord.

        Linda Lou
        February 7, 2021

        Agree. I even had a woman in my Sunday School Class tell me, “I guess I’m just a Hitler because I believe in abortion!”

February 6, 2021

Father we ask that your people would find strong and creative ways to combat the lies. May You cause a mass exodus from censoring social media. May you cause your people to financially support those who stand for you when they purchase and donate. May your people understand they need to boycott those entities that continue to rob us of that which you have given. I ask a blessing on those who make stands and speak up. Father I ask that you step in and defend your people, that you silence the wicked, take wealth from them and put it in the hands of the righteous. I honor and love you Father, release you heavenly hosts to deliver the answer to these prayers. Thank you Father.

February 6, 2021

What do you expect. The media is just fake news. Now Biden has Facebook is his pockets.

February 6, 2021

If the spirit of deception has descended, as Paul and as Jesus said it would, who am I to pray against what God has decreed? I’m not trying to be snarky here. I’m as upset as anyone about the heavy censorship. But what if we’re in Year 1 of the Tribulation? Does anyone have the guts to consider that possibility? I kind of feel like Jeremiah, who knew the times and was telling Jerusalem, who refused to hear him, what they’re in for.
God help us!

    Carolyn Guggenheim
    February 6, 2021

    We are in the birth pains. Not the great tribulation. The Christians who know Jesus as their savior and follow His ways will be Raptured. Praise God our Father.


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