For years, social media platforms like Facebook have shown dangerous biases against conservative messages and users on their platform. And now Heritage is making sure that bias doesn’t impact the social media service anymore.

For the last several months, Heritage has been hosting talks and fostering a relationship with Facebook. This relationship has grown especially since Heritage hired ex-CIA consultant and tech policy expert Klon Kitchen as a senior fellow. In the press release announcing his hire, Heritage expert James Jay Carafano noted that conservatives have largely remained quiet on tech policy in the past, and that with Kitchen’s addition to the Heritage team, conservatives would have an opportunity to advance a conservative worldview on this quickly changing but integral part of our lives.

Kitchen has worked hard to foster the relationship between Heritage and Facebook, recognizing that in order to preserve conservative voices on the social media platforms we spend so much time interacting on, an open conversation needs to happen between the conservative think tank and the tech company. As reported in Axios last May, Facebook agreed to consult with Heritage and with Republican Senator Jon Kyl on how to better work with conservative groups moving forward, and how to be more transparent about its operations. An example of the dialogue happened last April in an event that Kitchen hosted featuring Facebook Head of Global Policy Management Monica Bickert, where she and Kitchen discussed the social media platform’s duty to use its influence for the good of all its users.

Last week, mainstream media news sources took notice of the partnership. The Washington Post ran a feature on the change in Facebook’s approach to conservatism, referencing the company’s meetings with us. New Republic, a heavily left-leaning publication, also took note of the relationship. While they took a more jaded view of the partnership, as did CNN in their opinion piece on the topic, the real narrative runs clearly through all of the media attention that the issue has received: left-leaning social media companies aren’t ignoring the conservative message anymore.

Because of you, we have the influence we need to make sure that conservative voices are not silenced. Thank you for your committed support!

What do you think are the best ways to defend conservative viewpoints online?

Comments (38)

Cheryl Ricotta - July 6, 2018

I am and have been having trouble with my Facebook account being blocked in the last two weeks, thy have blocked me from many sites including the Daily Signal,
And then allow me back on in their own time. Not allowed to like or comment.

Kathleen Kasyan - July 6, 2018

I look forward to learning what we can do. On my neighborhood website, I identified the cause of loud vehicular noise during the late night hours as coming from my new neighbors. I said that they are gentlemen of Mexican descent who work the night shift and appear to prefer vehicles with loud, power exhaust systems. I was told by the site watchdog that I was guilty of discrimination. Today I noticed the bumper sticker on one of the cars. It said, “F*** Trump, Viva la Raza… I looked up Viva la Raza on Google and it said it was a nationalistic chant of the Mexican-Americans. The only USA residents they are promoting are the Mexicans. That is so different from my parents who arrived from Poland and checkloslovakia, who came to America, learned English on their own, worked for their food and medical needs and supported this country as if it was their own.

David Pastor - July 6, 2018

Stop censorship by an anonymous employee or computer program. Yes there are exceptions, but the rest is unabashed censorship.

Paul Mosser - July 6, 2018

I am not a fan of social media….especially Facebook or Google. I am really concerned that the filters that they apply may extend to other methods of internet communication.

Carolyn Carruth - July 6, 2018

An intelligent response not an argument as we deal with pervasive mediocrity now 4 decades since NAPE the first national assessment on student learning tracks a nationwide failure of public schools no longer teaching basic civics, history, or economics equates to pervasive mediocrity.

Cathy Gilbert - July 6, 2018

I am ashamed to say that I am not very vocal on social media. Once in awhile, I will post a conservative message. II appreciate the message from Carolyn. It is a travesty that the Progressive Movement has had such an impact on our school curriculum. This is why my daughter-in-law homeschools the children.

Mrs. Robyn Schmalz - July 6, 2018

I think each and every time reasonable conservative debate or viewpoint gets censored on social media by FB, Twitter, or Google with their so-called HATE speech algorithms, while leftists rail on in violent vulgarities, promoting violence and HATE against Christians, Jews, Patriots, Israel, or conservative Trump staff and administration employees, those leftists should be smacked with either federal, prosecutable civil rights violations or sued.

Caroline - July 6, 2018

Hit them where it hurts … in their pocketbook. Do not take positions in the stocks of companies that do not allow for fair and balanced reporting or censor conservative positions or views. That would include researching mutual funds that do not include these objectionable publically traded stocks. Money manager will exclude stocks you tell them not to include in your portfolio as well. Call the public relations departments of these companies that publically trade and let them know how you feel. These departments are very closely connected with the major shareholders and will let them know.

Ther’ese clarke - July 6, 2018

Dear sir,
I think courage and fortitude ,just keep posting
and sharing .Also emailing.How were messages shared prior to social media ?

Ida Wright - July 6, 2018

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another— and all the more
As you see the Day approaching.

Ida Wright - July 6, 2018

Hebrews 10:23-25

Donald Waggener - July 6, 2018

Maybe the place to begin would to define the basic tenants of conservatism to build some consensus understanding by all parties. It may be terminology and language used that gets a negative reaction and censorship, especially if other parties come to the discussion with paradigms that don’t align with our meaning. Periodic meetings to discuss and define will hopefully bring a common understanding.

Richard Rogers - July 6, 2018

Possibly establishing the Twitter and Facebook type platforms with “interference” type civil laws opening them to civil suits.

Dr Ray Fausner - July 6, 2018

Volume one of ItsAllAboutEvil.com points out that changing the way you have been made to think uses a word game which is actually the medium of evil… to use words not recognized by evil-ution in facebook. Google would now even know. Changing words to leaving out vowels so the word evil is evl. Similarly do the same with words evil Facebook cannot discover as conservative. God would be Gd. Democrat would be Dmcrt. And so on. In actually this cncpt dstrys evl. Time to change the words in your thinking and therefore disconnect your mind from years of indoctrination… indctrntn.

Augusta - July 6, 2018

I live in a small rural community and I have chosen not to use facebook or any other social media.

Tom Lanners - July 6, 2018

As long as the social media websites are owned by Progressives, there is no great way to defend Conservative viewpoints. Call them out when you can, and continue to support any Conservatives who use social media, and actually get their work
through.

Eve Mayer - July 7, 2018

Have equal representation at their worksite. Whomever is monitoring FB. Something questionable, it goes to the panel.

Leona Loveless - July 7, 2018

ALL Social media outlets should be the voice of reason and allow equal rights to voice ones opinion. However, I agree that the name calling and gutter language should either get eliminated or the person doing that should get some sort of temporary restriction on the first offense. After the first incident up the suspension time to the 3d offense. After that shut them down. I for one will eliminate my use of the medium.

Colleen Waugh - July 7, 2018

Continue to post conservative articles, videos, tc. In other words, saturate social media with conservative posts and thinkers. It may eventually become common and balanced postings between the left thinkers and the right thinkers. But it will take time, patience and preserverance.

Art Bowen - July 7, 2018

1) No more shadow banning. People who are deemed guilty of misconduct should be informed. 2) There should be an ombudsman and a sensible appeal process. 3) Same rules apply to all. 4) Dont hire advocacy groups to police bans. 5) Define terms. I have never understood “hate speech”. Should lying be banned (I vote yes).

Bruce Raymaker - July 7, 2018

I think you are doing a great job here. Engaging Facebook managers is the smart approach. Keep up the good work.

Brian Hougaard - July 7, 2018

By standing firm and holding the ground towards any of these weekly vicious attacks and by never to think that anyone else than the left is loosing the war.

The lunatics can never be won over, but the ones they hijack by emotion, can and will be won, through the efforts of time and by giving them continuous access to truthbased and hopefully humorously information.
Sooner or later they’ll weigh the two sides up against other. The smarter, the sooner.

Tom Clark - July 7, 2018

Call out in every polite way possible the instances of liberal bias and liberal misrepresentation of conservative ideas and ideals.

Perhaps initiate a parallel web site exclusively to counter bias. Then point to that web site from within Facebook or Twitter – as well as a direct response. The direct responses could be blocked or edited; the indirect ones would not be affected. Publicize and track each action and persist.

AND – Notify Facebook or Twitter management of each action that was taken in a public manner. All their Algorithms begin their coding with humans – and can be adjusted or modified by humans. The “Machine just did it” is fiction. IF they thought they had an algorithm they could not manage, it would be time to pull the plug on the hosting machine.

SHARON SCHECHTER - July 7, 2018

Why is it so create fair competition to left wing social media. Is there no one interested in starting up another social media site? A fair one. The left control all the media, news, movies, tv, social media.Even book publishing and magazines. They are all owned by same handful of Leftwing Globalist. We need new blood, Moderate/Conservative outlets. We need to stop begging the left to be fair.
Thank you.

Sandra Richard - July 7, 2018

I continually share on my fb page and my twitter page, my thoughts on important issues. I share articles with good info. I try to get the good word out.

Virginia Ross - July 7, 2018

Be bold and do not take their threats. We have rights too. However, I am not on social media at all, so I can only speak to those I meet in person.

kory trebbin - July 7, 2018

I think the best way to defend our conservative principles is to reference them back to the founding fathers original policies/viewpoints. Also refer them to the scriptures especially proverbs and other books of the bible that confirm conservative viewpoints.

George Knoll - July 7, 2018

1st. Oppose any attempt to regulate the internet by the FCC. “Net Neutrality” is a ill disguised attempt to regulate both content and access. 2nd. Encourage and support alternate social media platforms and new platform development. 3rd. Unfriend business that use Facebook, Twitter, etc. Let them know how you feel about censoring conservatives. FYI Civil lawsuits good idea. Fair disclosure: I and my wife do not use social media sites

Paula - July 7, 2018

I’m sorry that I don’t have any real solutions!! I don’t use any social media because of all the negativity there! I don’t feel I can trust anything from it. I’m appalled when my adult kids tell me something that I know is absolutely incorrect and yet they are confident it’s true – it must be because they read it on facebook!! It saddens me they are so misinformed by social media! It often leads them away from the conservative values they were taught while growing up!! Funny, they think I’m the one wrong because I don’t use social media!!! I’m very concerned about this issue!! I hope there are others who do have positive ideas to change this issue!! Keep up the good work Heritage!!!!

Tom Davis - July 7, 2018

I refuse to use outlets such as Facebook until they level the playing field! Can anyone tell me why we can’t go after the source of the Left’s hatred , like George Soros and his moveon.org henchmen??

Kenneth Paxton - July 7, 2018

It is evindent there is a huge need for alterative news.

James Sciullo - July 7, 2018

The Heritage Foundation has already taken the first step to defend conservative viewpoints on social media. An open source data base listing consensus decisions would be useful. This way new social media startup’s would continue to seek Heritage for reliable advice.

Ray - July 7, 2018

Why not develop our own conservative social media. We could call it “ABOUTFACE” book!!

DrZ - July 7, 2018

I think there should be more questions adressed to those who have a left/liberal view. For example, I often politely ask to explain why they think my views are wrong or ask them to expand on their own views. When I try the former, asking them to tell me why I wrong, I usually get senseless answers and when I do the later I get stone silence or a diatribe on why conservatives are wrong, but never an explanation on why the left is correct about a given topic. What exactly are they proposing besides enlarging the federal government? This is a microcosm of what is happening in the Democratic Party today in that there is no substance provided. Their message is Trump is Bad or our allies don’t love us anymore. Somehow these people have to come out of their bunkers and help everyone understand what they stand for and be exact if not convincing.

Eric - July 8, 2018

Eliminate the notion that conservative thought is “hateful”, etc, etc.

Suzanne Russell - July 8, 2018

The best way to combat liberal ideas and push back against liberal bullies is a one on one approach. I make comments that are intended to make the person think and to look at the issues. I don’t attack them personally, but sometimes give them the benefit of the doubt. I believe that most have been in a brainwashed fog and to get back to reality, we need to speak softly and sometimes loudly, but never in a demeaning way.

John Blake - July 9, 2018

Unfortunately, a large percentage of our young people have been brainwashed in our colleges into accepting intolerant leftist ideas (there is certainly nothing “Progressive” about them!)—and many of them are in charge of running social media. So I’m glad to see that Heritage is starting to engage with these people to try to get a fair platform for conservatives on social media—and hopefully to educate them about conservative ideas. There’s no excuse for some ignorant biased leftist to be censoring conservative posts.

Robert Hasty - July 11, 2018

I think the BIG ISSUE for free speech is WHY? are Facebook and/or Twitter or Yahoo! allowed to be the “gatekeepers” for public comments on so many online “news” sites? Many–maybe most–sites require “commenters” to have a Facebook account (and/or one of the others) and submit to Facebook accessing their comments, e-mail contacts, etc. This is highly invasive of privacy and totally chilling to free speech. I know it isn’t “state action” in the Constitutional sense, but it is nevertheless a skewing of what gets published online (by only allowing Facebook et al.’s mostly liberal subscribers to post). This should not be. Regulation will be required to put Facebook et al. out of the “gatekeeper” business. Please help the lawmakers understand this!

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