With increasing complaints about internet censorship on some of the most heavily used private social media platforms, AT&T has proposed legislation such as an "Internet Bill of Rights" that will protect online users from unfair censorship on social media platforms.

As reported by Project Veritas private investigation of Twitter many former and active employees of the social media platform admitted to shadow banning conservative political perspectives and viewing private DM (Direct Messages) including sexually explicit pictures of their users.

The stream of revelations about the unspoken Twitter practices sparked outrage as well as concern over the potential for tech companies that are heavily involved in communication transfer to enact hidden technological censorship practices that restrict the free speech of its internet users.


Providing user protection through establishing an "Internet Bill of Rights" has the potential of providing a continuous safeguard for users from potential abuse of power by social media platforms such as google, facebook, twitter and also ISP's (Internet Service Providers) that largely are used to communicate and provide content.


AT&T called for an “Internet Bill of Rights” and argued that Facebook and Google should also be subjected to rules that would prevent unfair censorship on their platforms.

AT&T, one of the largest telecommunications companies, called for Congress to enact an “Internet Bill of Rights” which would subject Facebook, Google, and other content providers to rules that would prevent unfair censorship on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) such as Comcast or AT&T as well as content providers such as Facebook and Google.

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson wroteCongressional action is needed to establish an ‘Internet Bill of Rights’ that applies to all internet companies and guarantees neutrality, transparency, openness, non-discrimination and privacy protection for all internet users.”

Stephenson posted the ad in the New York Times, Washington Post, and other national news outlets on Wednesday.

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Published by Naomi S. Gobern