On Saturday, Pope Francis told journalists in the Vatican, “Freedom of expression, whether in speech or in the press, is a key indicator of a country’s health.”
The Pope warned social media users and pundits against the use of censorship, saying that it aids mainstream groupthink:
“Let us not forget that one of the first measures taken by dictatorships is to eliminate freedom of the press or to ‘disguise it,’ not leaving the press free.”
According to Breitbart News, “In a particularly egregious and overt act of political censorship, Facebook shut down 23 major pro-populist webpages in Italy just two weeks prior to the European elections. The suspended pages had a combined total of 2.46 million followers and 2.44 million interactions throughout the last three months.”
The censorships reportedly are protecting the Populist Party of Italy, which is currently governing and holding seats within the European Union.
This past week, Facebook also censored a pro-life ad campaign in Ireland on the grounds that the image of an unborn child constitutes “graphic” or “violent” imagery.
Meanwhile, a Christian watchdog group sent out a report accusing Big Tech of censorship targeting Christians and social conservatives. The group claimed that the endgame of censorship is the disruption of the democratic process.
In his address to journalists on Saturday, Pope Francis cited his predecessor, St. John Paul II: “The Church is on your side. Whether or not you are Christian, in the Church you will always find the proper esteem for your work and the recognition of freedom of the press.”
The Pope continued, “In his address to journalists Saturday, Pope Francis cited his predecessor, St. John Paul II: “The Church is on your side. Whether or not you are Christian, in the Church you will always find the proper esteem for your work and the recognition of freedom of the press.”
“Twitter applies its ‘Rules of Conduct’ unequally,” wrote Ryan Bomberger, Radiance Foundation Founder. Bomberger went on to list a series of known conservatives who have recently had their accounts either suspended or completely deactivated.
But this does not occur only in European countries; this is a daily occurrence for the United States.
Liberals just simply do not have the same amount of censorship being used against them as conservatives do.
The freedom of speech says a lot about what a nation is willing to allow and what they are willing to trust their citizens with; however, once in place, it shall never be infringed upon.
Turning Point USA is fighting daily to keep alive this freedom on college campuses! Just ask any of our activists!