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May 10, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Late on Friday, the United States announced its endorsement of the “Christchurch Call to Action to Eliminate Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content Online,” which “commits” governments and tech companies to taking measures to prevent and suppress “the upload of violent extremist content.”

“The Biden administration’s actions are disturbing at best,” Dan Gainor, Vice President of Free Speech America at the Media Research Center, told LifeSiteNews. “We recently found out that the Postal Service is monitoring what we say online. And the administration is trying to hire contractors to do even more domestic spying. Now, they will have the power of this phony, non-treaty to pretend their actions have some legitimacy.”

The Christchurch agreement was created in response to terrorist attacks in 2019 against two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which were livestreamed online and went viral. The “call to action” was adopted during a Paris meeting by countries Canada, Indonesia, Ireland, Jordan, Norway, Senegal, the UK, and the European Commission, and tech companies Amazon, Facebook, Dailymotion, Google, Microsoft, Qwant, Twitter, and YouTube, according to a New Zealand government press release. 

“Other countries who have adopted the Call but were not at the meeting are Australia, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden,” the release continued. Many other countries have joined the statement since.

The Christchurch agreement’s “action plan” outlines government commitments including considering “appropriate action” to prevent online “extremist content,” such as “Development of industry standards” and “Regulatory or policy measures consistent with a free, open and secure internet.”

The online service providers, for their part, are to arrange for, among other things, “Prioritising moderation of terrorist and violent extremist content, however identified,” and “closing accounts where appropriate.”

Christchurch Call to Action participants such as Facebook and Twitter are already engaging in the censorship of content and banning users for the claimed risk of “inciting violence,” even when such a risk isn’t apparent, and even as it has left up numerous accounts and posts directly advocating for the murder of former President Donald Trump and his supporters. 

For example, Twitter banned Trump in January after he had tweeted “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”

He also posted a tweet announcing he would not attend Biden’s slated inauguration. Twitter claimed that “these two Tweets must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks.”

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PETITION UPDATE (5/5/2021) - BREAKING: Facebook permanently removes LifeSiteNews’ page

Facebook has just permanently banned LifeSiteNews’ Facebook page. This apparently is not a temporary measure: It is gone for good.

"Much like when LifeSite was removed from YouTube, this comes with little surprise,” noted LifeSiteNews Marketing Director Rebekah Roberts.

"Facebook has been silencing any voice that goes against their beliefs and agenda," continued Roberts. "Our LifeSiteNews Facebook page has been removed simply because we have shared reports of doctors, nurses, expert researchers, and even the former Pfizer VP speaking out against the COVID shots. We’ve also been tagged for the numerous articles we have shared making the connection between the COVID shots, and really all vaccines, and aborted baby cell lines."

"This all comes down to another case of Big Tech silencing free speech on their platform," she added.

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PETITION UPDATE (2/23/21) - 

LifeSite has signed on to a Media Research Center (MRC) letter to all 50 state Attorneys General, calling for an investigation into Big Tech.

Google, Facebook, and Twitter have monopolized the industry, and are using their influence to collect user data, suppress content, and silence those who voice ideas and beliefs counter to their own.

As we urged prior, action must be taken to combat these efforts, and that is why we’ve joined the MRC in this fight.

Please take a couple of minutes to READ this LifeSiteNews article about MRC's initiative: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/lifesite-joins-effort-asking-state-attorneys-general-to-investigate-big-tech-for-deceptive-trade-practices

Then, please SIGN and STOP using Twitter, Facebook, Google (YouTube) and Amazon to take back your privacy and freedom of speech!

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PETITION UPDATE (2/9/21) -

YouTube just completely removed the LifeSiteNews YouTube channel. This isn’t a ban, every single one of our videos is completely gone. Being completely removed from YouTube means we’ve lost access to 300,000+ followers.

This is the latest and appalling affront to free speech which is happening to many conservative and Christian organizations.

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PETITION UPDATE (1/26/20) -

Twitter has again locked LifeSiteNews out of two of our accounts on the platform for displaying a message noting that President Joe Biden’s newly named Assistant Secretary of Health “Rachel” Levine is a man.

Both accounts displayed a simple message which read: “Biden names transgender ‘woman’ as Assistant Secretary of Health. ‘Rachel’ Levine is a father of two who divorced his wife in 2013 after 30 years of marriage.” The tweets also included a link to LifeSite’s article Biden names transgender ‘woman’ as Assistant Secretary of Health, and contained part of the opening sentence of that article, “Joe Biden has announced his intention to appoint a gender-confused man” as Assistant Secretary of Health.

For stating biological or Biblical truths, Twitter and Big Tech are trying to shut down conservative voices.

Therefore, it is now more important than ever to consider dumping Twitter, Google (who own YouTube) and Facebook. To be clear: LifeSite is still using Twitter and Big Tech to encourage others to migrate away from these illiberal platforms.

This is not the first time that LifeSiteNews has been censored by Twitter. In December 2019, Twitter indefinitely suspended our account for a tweet that linked to an article on transgender activist Jonathan “Jessica” Yaniv.

At the time, Twitter gave LifeSite the option to delete the tweet and reactivate our account right away. LifeSite remained steadfast that the tweet did not violate any of the company’s “rules and policies,” and sought several appeals with Twitter, while looking into legal action against the company.

And, while LifeSite's account was eventually restored, we must now consider what course of action we will pursue in this case, over and above appealing the ban.

Meanwhile, since taking office on Wednesday last week, Joe Biden has already signed an executive order which will force women’s athletic programs, restrooms, and locker rooms to be open to men. He has also turned back the Trump administration’s policy protecting women’s sports programs in schools.

Last week, LifeSite was banned for two weeks from our YouTube channel, after the site determined that one of our videos about vaccines violated YouTube’s “community guidelines.” We are also in the middle of appealing this ban.

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Twitter just deplatformed President Trump premanently! And, other conservatives, including General Flynn and Sidney Powell, were also summarily deplatformed.

Conservatives, Christians and freedom-loving Americans of all political persuasions must now take a decision to preserve their free speech AND their ability to peaceably assemble by dumping Twitter and Big Tech, and by finding other good alternatives to communicate with each other and share their opinions.

Please SIGN our petition-pledge to Dump Twitter and Big Tech, and take back your freedom of speech and privacy. [CLICK HERE for our "Goodbye Google" resources page to find good alternatives to Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, and Google!]

When you use Twitter or Facebook to communicate, and, or, Google and Amazon to search for something online, these companies can stifle your ability to share your thoughts and opinions and manipulate your search results, threatening your privacy, your freedom of speech, and even our democracy.

Evidence suggests that Twitter and Facebook's 'community guidelines' are selectively enforced against conservatives and Christians, while Google rigs their search algorithms to direct traffic away from conservative and Christian websites, effectively choking traffic to those sites.

Simply put, Twitter, Facebook, Google (who owns YouTube) and Amazon appear to be actively suppressing access to pro-freedom, pro-family and pro-life news and opinion.

Don't contribute to this assault on democracy: Stop using Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon as your default social media platforms and search engine! [CLICK HERE to find a good alternative to Google.]

To repeat: a few liberal and completely unaccountable computer programmers in Silicon Valley are dictating what we do and do not see in our Twitter and Facebook feeds, and in our Google searches.

We, here, at LifeSite, also recently had our Twitter account suspended by the company over "misgendering" a man who claims to be a woman.

LifeSite has also experienced a fall-off in Google search-related traffic since the company updated its search algorithms at the beginning of May.

And, since the November election, Twitter and Big Tech appear to have dramatically INCREASED their censorship of conservatives and Christians as the President Trump disputed the results of the election and when evidence of election fraud began to mount.

Now, it seems likely that they are trying to cut-off conservative leaders (like President Trump) from conservatives on the ground, and effectively exclude us from the national conversation.

But, this tactic will not work. Because Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon are not the only game in town! There are a good number of excellent alternatives which we list in our 'Goodbye Google' Resources page.

The great irony is that, while Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon executives talk a lot about maintaining freedom of speech and diversity, in fact, these hypocrites are ATTACKING free speech point-blank!

This kind of manipulation poses a lethal threat to our democracy, but as we see so clearly now, Twitter and Big Tech have shown no hesitation in excluding conservatives and Christians from the public square.

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Gainor noted to LifeSiteNews that while the call for action against “violent extremist content” “sounds great in theory,” “it’s vague, and that is open to abuse. We’ve already seen this administration has no interest in going after violent Antifa, only people who lean right. Since the left considers speech it doesn’t like to be violence, this is a dangerous step.”

During the Christchurch summit press conference in Paris, led by French President Emmanuel Macron and far-left New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Macron called the internet a “crazy propaganda device in service of division,” and claimed that a “war against all” is desired by “far right terrorists” as well as “Islamist terrorists.”

He also noted that Facebook has already decided to cooperate with governments to “deprive Facebook users of facilities when they are identified as dangerous.”

At the time the Christchurch agreement was issued, the Trump administration declined to join, citing “freedom of expression and freedom of the press as reasons it would not be joining the agreement,” as CNN reported.

The Trump administration’s statement continued: “Further, we maintain that the best tool to defeat terrorist speech is productive speech, and thus we emphasize the importance of promoting credible, alternative narratives as the primary means by which we can defeat terrorist messaging.”

The Biden White House continues to insist that “more speech” is the “preferred way to defeat violent extremist speech,” and that “In participating in the Christchurch Call, the United States will not take steps that would violate the freedoms of speech” that are “protected by the First Amendment.”

“When you say you aren’t going to restrict free speech and follow it with ‘but,’ then you are planning on restricting free speech,” commented Gainor.

The Biden administration’s decision to join the Christchurch Call comes soon after reports from “multiple sources” that it is “considering contracting outside firms” to monitor supposedly “extremist” online speech “in order to circumvent legal restrictions on the surveillance power of federal agencies like the Department of Homeland Security (DHS),” as the New York Post related.

CNN noted that the DHS is “banned from activities like assuming false identities” to access private messaging apps used by “extremist” groups “such as the Proud Boys or Oath Keepers.”

America’s joining of the Christchurch Call also comes soon after the United States Postal Inspection Service, a law enforcement arm of the USPS which most Americans don’t even know exists, was revealed to be spying on Americans’ social media.

Revealingly, the DHS issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) bulletin on January 27 advising that “some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence.”

In an apparent reference to conservatives, the DHS said that Domestic Violent Extremists (DVEs) are “motivated by a range of issues, including anger over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results, and police use of force.” The DHS claimed that such individuals are responsible for “attacks against government facilities.” Two weeks ago, Germany’s domestic intelligence agency created a new section specifically for surveillance of a small number of people and groups protesting coronavirus restrictions.

America’s joining of the Christchurch Call also comes soon after the United States Postal Inspection Service, a law enforcement arm of the USPS which most Americans don’t even know exists, was revealed to be spying on Americans’ social media.

Fox News’s Trace Gallagher told Tucker Carlson that this revelation “baffled” legal experts “for two reasons: One, because by surveilling American social media accounts, the U.S. postal service is monitoring lawfully protected speech, which of course raises constitutional concerns.”

“And two, if Big Brother mailman is looking for criminal activity, that would normally be the FBI’s job, and yet according to a memo obtained by Yahoo News, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is running what it calls the Internet Covert Operations Program, or ICOP. And the primary objective appears to be collecting data about planned protests, in the document obtained by Yahoo.”

Gallagher continued, “In the document obtained by Yahoo, Big Brother Mailman was looking for inflammatory posts about the worldwide Rally for Freedom held back in March. That's where thousands of people around the world protested COVID lockdowns. But instead of looking for potential nefarious behavior across the board, the main surveillance was of Facebook and ‘right-wing leaning Parler and Telegram.’”

“And the memo did mention the right-wing Proud Boys, and said without citing intelligence that some people on Parler intended to ‘do serious damage.’ But there was no mention of any left-wing groups like Antifa, surprising considering the lion's share of the protest violence over the past year has been caused by left-wing groups.”

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