September 30, 2011

27RNSB: Apple. Google Censoring Religion, NRB Says

Apple, Google Censoring Religion,
NRB Says

BY HOLLY NAYLOR                                                                                                  ©2011 Baptist Press

Apple, Google and other Internet giants are participating in religious discrimination and restricting free speech, according to a new report by the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB).

"If Christian content and worldview programming are censored by new media platforms ... the Good News of the Gospel could become one more casualty of institutionalized religious discrimination," said Frank Wright, NRB president.

The report, released Sept. 15 in Washington, examined the policies and practices of Apple, Facebook, Google, Myspace, and Twitter, as well as Internet service providers Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon.

Twitter is the only corporation that did not show signs of religious discrimination, according to the report. Twitter refuses to monitor or remove content unless it interferes with the terms of service.

The ideal proposition for solving this problem, according to the NRB, is to persuade the individual companies to eradicate censorship voluntarily and abide by their obligation to protect free speech. If the suggestions are not taken into consideration, NRB said it is willing to respond with such actions as legislation, regulation, or litigation.

NRB's report included the following examples of discrimination or potential censorship:

-- Apple offers hundreds of thousands of iPhone applications, but removed two apps by ex-gay Christian ministry Exodus International. Consumers were denied access to these two apps because their Christian content was considered "offensive."

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