Google, Facebook on Track to Censor Christian Views?

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Christian leaders are concerned that new media platforms may be the next battleground for religious freedom.

The National Religious Broadcasters recently held a discussion in Washington, D.C., about the threat of censorship on web-based communications.

The group warns Christians to be aware of the "free market power" of companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook to "block viewpoints they don't agree with."

In a press release for the event, NRB Senior Vice President Craig Parshall claimed new media companies like these are "on a collision course with the free speech interests of citizens, ministries, and organizations" that use the Internet.

Last September, NRB released its "True Liberty in a New Media Age" report, calling out Apple, Google, and others for "anti-Christian censorship."

For example, the group found that Apple had twice removed apps from its iTunes store that expressed orthodox Christian viewpoints.

"Of the 425,000 apps available on Apple's iPhone, the only ones censored by Apple for expressing otherwise lawful viewpoints have been apps with Christian content," NRB researchers said in the report.

CBN News spoke with Craig Parshall more about the recent meeting in Washington, as well as previous findings of religious freedom violations by new media groups. Click play for his comments.

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