At best, Silicon Valley liberals don’t understand religion. At worst, they’re openly hostile to it — or at least to religious beliefs which conflict with their liberal values. Whether a lack of understanding or open hostility is at the root of it, tech companies including Apple, Facebook, Google, YouTube, Vimeo, Snopes, MobileCause and Amazon have all censored or punished religious users for their beliefs.
Christians have been hindered by Google, the world’s largest search engine, ever since it banned use of the term “Christian” as a keyword for advertising campaigns.
Amazon is also a prime example of one of the companies punishing religious groups for their beliefs. It continues allowing Southern Poverty Law Center’s left-wing, anti-Christian zealots to determine which charities are eligible for AmazonSmile. This keeps out Christian ministries and non-profits that affirm traditional Christian ethics regarding sex and marriage. Vimeo has shut down accounts of Christian groups including Pure Passion ministries and the American Family Association (AFA) for very similar reasons. It called the AFA a “terror or hate group” and said Pure Passion’s content “demeaned” homosexuals.
These are just a select few actions tech platforms took against religious groups in recent years.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Atheism and agnosticism comprised the beliefs of half of tech workers surveyed by Lincoln Network in 2018 — far higher than the general population. The few people in the tech world who are religious often don’t even feel comfortable telling their colleagues. Conservative Christian and tech entrepreneur Julie Fredrickson told Vox, “People who have actually, very carefully considered belief systems, whether religious or otherwise, don’t always feel safe expressing it.”
Here is further proof of Big Tech’s religious biases:
- An hour before a Family Research Council “Pray Vote Stand” broadcast was scheduled to begin, MobileCause terminated its contract with the FRC. The termination “‘prevented the broadcast from reaching thousands of Christian voters with information about the 2020 election,’ according to FRC.”
- Google’s sister company YouTube demonetized 1,600 of Christian author Dr. Michael Brown’s videos over the issue of homosexuality. The decision was reportedly made by Google Vice President Vishal Sharma. “In short then,” Brown wrote, “biblical content about homosexual practice, spoken accurately and with love, violates Google’s policy.”
- The Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon said, “There is bias baked into the system.” The Bee has been unfairly fact-checked by groups like Snopes. In Dillon’s view, “The [Big Tech] employees are biased, the coding that they’re writing reflects their bias, and a lot of the decisions that they’re making, whether conscious or not, are reflecting that bias.”
- After Vimeo shut down the AFA over its traditional marriage stance, AFA said, “This has been Christian teaching for 2,000 years. Vimeo’s religious bigotry is appalling, and we reject the company’s heavy-handed censorship.”
- Some experts have pointed out the double standard in social media companies’ treatment of Christians versus Muslims: while conservative Christian viewpoints prompt suspensions and bans, hateful Islamist rhetoric and even calls to violence are allowed.
- Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has spewed hateful and anti-Semitic views online. Facebook chose not to ban him as a “dangerous” person until 2019, when it also banned a bunch of alt-right personalities. Twitter, however, has not removed him.
- Many PragerU videos YouTube has restricted involve Christianity, Judaism or Israel.
- The National Religious Broadcasters created a timeline of censorship of religious content by Big Tech companies with major incidents from 2010-2020.