Heritage Foundation declines six-figure donations from Google and Facebook

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Mar 27th, 2021 3:40 pm
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Last Updated Mar 29th, 2021 at 10:59 am

The Heritage Foundation declined $225,000 and $150,000 donations last year from Google and Facebook, respectively.

Heritage Foundation‘s president at the time, Kay James, wrote two letters to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, both on October 29, 2020.

"We cannot in good conscience take money from a company that repeatedly, and blatantly, suppresses conservative speech on your platforms," James wrote to Pichai.

"We cannot in good conscience accept money from a company that repeatedly and blatantly targets conservative speech on your platform," James wrote to Zuckerberg.

James noted examples of "bias against conservatives on [Google's] platforms."

"I will note that your YouTube subsidiary has twice censored videos produced by the Heritage Foundation and our news site, The Daily Signal," James wrote to Pichai. "You've in effect handed discriminatory authority to a group that is biased against our view on election fraud."

James also noted examples of "Facebook's double-standard" of censorship.

"Referrals to our Daily Signal news site, for example, have plunged from 600,000 sessions in July to a mere 105,000 so far in October," James wrote to Zuckerberg. "What explanation is there other than an attempt to block a respected conservative news outlet from reaching Facebook's users? We've also fallen victim to supposedly unbiased third-party fact-checkers that Facebook now uses as gatekeepers to content."


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