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Facebook, Twitter, Google and Amazon Are Partnering with This Anti-Christian Law Center

Calvin Freiburger : Jun 11, 2018 : LifeSiteNews.com

"Having evolved from laudable origins battling the Klan in the 1970s, the SPLC has realized the profitability of defamation, churning out fundraising letters, and publishing 'hit pieces' on conservatives to promote its agenda and pad its substantial endowment (of $319 million). Anyone who opposes them, including many Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and traditional conservatives is slandered and slapped with the 'extremist' label or even worse, their 'hate group' designation." -Declaration from an Open Letter by a coalition of 47 conservative leaders last fall.

[LifeSiteNews.com] Update: Amazon contacted LifeSiteNews after this story was published and asked that an "on-record statement" be included in this report. The statement has been included [in the full article]. (Image: Creative Commons/ Pixabay)

The world's most powerful social media and technology companies all rely on a nonprofit group notorious for anti-Christian bias and falsely accusing conservatives of bigotry, according to a new report.

Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Amazon all maintain partnerships with the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), according to an investigation by the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF). Though not currently partnering with the group for any services, Apple has donated $1 million to SPLC (along with the Anti-Defamation League).

SPLC bills itself as a "civil rights" watchdog that monitors "hate groups and other extremists." But while it does identify some actual racist organizations on the fringes of American politics, many of its targets are mainstream Christian, pro-family, and conservative groups.

Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja told DCNF that SPLC is one of several "external experts and organizations" the company relies on to "inform our hate speech policies." She claimed Facebook also consults with other groups across the political spectrum and does not automatically accept SPLC's judgment as final, citing SPLC's May complaint against Facebook for tolerating too many posts and groups it deemed "anti-Muslim."

Twitter identifies SPLC as a "safety partner" that helps weed out "hateful conduct and harassment." A spokeswoman would not elaborate on the company's relationship with SPLC. Google similarly relies on the group as a "Trusted Flagger" for YouTube videos, which enables it to not only identify content for YouTube moderators to review, but also provide input on YouTube's own algorithms.

Facebook, Twitter, and Google/YouTube are all currently under fire for discriminating against conservative content in a variety of additional ways, despite billing themselves as open, politically-neutral platforms.

Of the four companies, Amazon gives SPLC the most deference, DCNF learned.

"We remove organizations that the SPLC deems as ineligible," a spokeswoman confirmed. The world's largest digital marketplace allows the group to essentially blackball groups from the Amazon Smile program, which allows customers to designate charities to receive a fraction of the money from their purchases.

In May, Amazon excluded the religious liberty firm Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) from the program after five years of participation, citing SPLC's judgment. Yet Amazon Smile continues to allow donations to the Nation of Islam, an organization SPLC itself agrees is anti-Semitic, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, whose personnel have been linked to several terrorism cases...

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