A coalition of conservative groups led by media watchdog Media Research Center unveiled its plan Tuesday to fight against "political censorship" on social media.
In a statement on its website, the coalition, which has 18 members as well as MRC, said it was responding to "continued restriction and censorship of conservatives and their organization by tech giants Facebook, Twitter, Google, and YouTube."
"Social media is the most expansive and most game-changing form of communication today," MRC president Brent Bozell said in a statement on the website.
"It is these facts that make online political censorship one of the largest threats to free speech we have ever seen. Conservatives should be given the same ability to express their political ideas online as liberals, without the fear of being suppressed or censored."
The pushback follows MRC's own report of anti-conservative bias on social media.
The coalition wants tech giants to provide more transparency "to see if liberal groups and users are being treated the same as those on the right," and provide greater clarity on "hate speech."
"Today, hate speech means anything liberals don’t like," said the coalition statement. "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."
The group also is urging companies to "make equal room for conservative groups as advisers to offset this bias," and to expand employment diversity efforts to include "viewpoint diversity." It also is pushing for policies that "mirror the First Amendment" though would allow companies to block content that "threatens violence of spews obscenity, without trampling on free-speech liberties."
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