Should they succeed, experts wonder whether such censorship could impact more traditional media as well, especially in how it relates to conservatives and Christians, the report explained.
"The best example we can give is going back a few years to when the [Federal Communications Commission] was looking at trying to silence talk radio, which was obviously a realm of conservatism," said Drew Johnson, executive director of the nonprofit group "Protect Internet Freedom."
He was referring to the agency's "Fairness Doctrine," which required broadcasters to grant equal time to opposing political candidates.
US Democrats on the Federal Election Commission showed similar regulatory ambition when they voted to apply campaign finance laws, which are traditionally intended to govern paid political advertisements, to unpaid political accounts on Twitter.
"The Twitterverse has carved out for itself a unique and increasingly important role in American elections and political debate," Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub wrote in support of the effort, adding that she believed it "reasonable to count Twitter profiles as among a political committee's websites."
The effort failed narrowly when the commission split along party lines. Had it succeeded, Republicans warned, it could have been a gateway to regulating traditional media (a trademak of the authoritarian 'left').
Some conservatives agree that the Internet has changed the nature of media, but not in an auspicious way. "We're not seeing the best and the brightest anymore," said Jason Lewis, a 25-year talk radio host who retired from his syndicated broadcast in 2014.
However, he added, "Someone in their pajamas in the basement can say and write anything he wants without much consequence. The good news is that not very many people will read it."
The Greenteeth Defending Free Speech CatalogueEvents in recent years have shown us democracy is a sham. From the USA where big money owns the political system through the European Union where the bureaucrats of the European Commission in Brussels openly express contempt for the elected governments of member states and clearly state that the faux - democratic European Parliament is irrelevant, and the wishes of member states are not considered, it is up to the bureaucrats and experts to do what is right for Europe, WE THE PEOPLE are fighting a war like none we have fought before as the political, financial and academic elites try to disempower the masses. Only through our right of Free Speech can we expose the corruption and self interest at the heart of the system and hold to account the people who would create a global, authoritarian government.
The Greenteeth Defending Free Speech Catalogue
Judge Denies Attempt To Block Obama's Transfer Of Internet Oversight To UN
October 2016: In a last ditch effort to block Obama's plan to allow the US Commerce Department to hand over oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to a multi-stakeholder community - which includes the technical community, businesses, civil society and foreign governments - 4 state attorneys went to a Texas federal court alleging that the transition, in the absence of congressional approval, amounts to an illegal forfeiture of U.S. government property. Confirming once more that under Obama's Presidency the judiciary and legal system have been totally politicised, their case was thrown out on a technicality.
Free Speech murdered omnibus
Threat to free speech
The Importance Of Free Speech
Free speech attacked in France
Free speech threatened in Germany
Free speech being abolished by stealth
A threat to the free press
Democracy and corporate capitalism
Death of democracy
Europe's democracy deficiency
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