Twitter recently made the decision to cut ties with Southern Poverty Law Center. OneNewsNow spoke with an attorney who thinks websites should follow suit.
"Twitter has come out and said that they have dropped relying on the SPLC as part of their Trust & Safety Council for monitoring and regulating speech and groups on their platform, and that is a very welcomed thing," explains attorney Jeremy Tedesco of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).
"Twitter didn't exactly say the reason," he continues, "but everybody essentially knows – and that is the SPLC has recently been racked by internal controversy and turmoil over what its former and current employees are saying is a systemic problem with racism and sexism within the very halls of the organization."
"… [I]n reality, the SPLC turns racial fears into a weapon to bludgeon its perceived political opponents – betraying its mission. And the SPLC is guilty of the very societal ills over which it has long claimed unrivaled moral authority to adjudicate."
Jeremy Tedesco, attorney
Alliance Defending Freedom
(in a column for Fox News)
Southern Poverty Law Center has designated Alliance Defending Freedom as a "hate group," along with several others – including Washington, DC-based Family Research Council and American Family Association in Tupelo, MS.
"There's so many corporations that rely on the Southern Poverty Law Center and its propaganda and its totally discredited and unreliable and partisan hate group lists to make business decisions – and those business decisions ultimately harm good, decent people and organizations … simply because they [SPLC] disagree with our beliefs about various political [and] social issues," says the attorney.
"That's the problem with what the SPLC does: they've taken ideological disagreements and turned them into hate. They've treated their ideological opponents the same as the KKK – and that's a no-win situation for everybody.
"… The corporations that rely on them should stop," he concludes. "It's good that Twitter did it, and others should follow suit."
In 2018, Alliance Defending Freedom was kicked out of the AmazonSmile program after Amazon used discredited information from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Amazon donates 0.5 percent of the price of an individual's eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
"ADF is still not part of the AmazonSmile program," Tedesco continues. "So I hope this public pressure will ultimately mount to a point where Amazon has no choice but to walk away from SPLC as well."