We can’t blame Carlson for pushing policies that would likely help his TV show, but conservatives must stick to their principles and steer clear of any policy that would hinder the future of their movement.
— The remarks drew swift repudiation from tech industry groups. NetChoice Vice President Carl Szabo said he is “blown away that leaders of the conservative movement want increased government regulation of business and increased government regulation of free speech.” And the libertarian-leaning TechFreedom tweeted that in “suggesting government meddle in a private companies business,” Hawley was taking a stance that “true conservatives are against.”
Bartlett Cleland, General Counsel and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
Jesse Blumenthal, Director of Technology and Innovation at the Charles Koch Institute
Phil Kerpen, President of American Commitment
Seton Motley, President of Less Government
December 5th, 2018
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2226
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20515
Lunch will be provided.
Some conservatives are expressing concern that online social media platforms are using content moderation as an excuse to suppress conservative news and views.
Former Attorney General Sessions convened a meeting of state Attorneys General on September 25 to discuss what the Department of Justice could do about political bias in content moderation.
On the other hand, many conservatives believe using government to regulate online content moderation clashes with core conservative principles and with the first amendment.
Conservatives note that Administration pressure on platforms today could backfire when a future Democratic president uses those same tactics against conservative news and views.
*This event is considered a widely attended event by Congressional ethics rules*