AT&T CEO Calls For Internet Free Speech Protections

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One of the various narratives going around that is not getting much attention outside the world of alternative conservative media is the reality of internet censorship on the part of a number of providers and social media platforms. This is not the so-called “net-neutrality” that was done away with by the Federal Communications Commission last year, but the manipulation of search and feed algorithms by Google, Facebook, Twitter and more to shield certain types of content (non-progressive thought) from users.

Now, the CEO of one of the nation’s premier telecommunications giants has taken out an ad in several left-leaning publications calling for an internet “Bill of Rights” that would prevent such censorship from occurring.

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson wrote, “Congressional action is needed to establish an ‘Internet Bill of Rights’ that applies to all internet companies and guarantees neutrality, transparency, openness, non-discrimination and privacy protection for all internet users.”

Stephenson posted the ad in the New York Times, Washington Post, and other national news outlets on Wednesday.

As it happens, one legislator, Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, found herself on the short end of the censorship stick when her pro-life ad was blocked by Twitter for being “inflammatory speech.” She has introduced such legislation that restricts the platforms from censoring content.

Congresswoman Blackburn introduced the Open Internet Preservation Act, which would enshrine the principles of a free and open Internet after the FCC repealed the net neutrality rules.

Rep. Blackburn also suggested in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News that Congress should discuss the idea of requiring content providers such as Facebook and Google to similar transparency requirements about their blocking and censorship practices.

Blackburn asked, “They can block a campaign video and they can block Chairman Pai, but they will not block sex traffickers?”

“These companies want to control what you think, what you read, prioritization – look at how Google prioritizes search,” Blackburn charged.

Which is what so many who have searched in vain for conservative thought have been saying for years.

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Cultural Limits
A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.