Corinne Weaver is a staff writer for MRC TechWatch
Corinne Weaver is a staff writer for MRC TechWatch. Follow her on Twitter at @descarteslover.
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Facebook, Google, and Twitter are ready to admit that everyone is biased, including their own employees. At a May 22, hearing in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, representatives from the major tech companies were grilled about algorithms and shadowbanning. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) doubled down on the topic of algorithms, asking if the people who created the algorithms were biased.
Twitter is built with an apocalyptic attitude toward conservatives and conservative media. The company’s co-founder Ev Williams told CNN Business in a May 22 interview that he believed that Twitter was not destructive towards the political landscape in the U.S.
While Democrats ironically call for Facebook to be broken up, one would never know from looking at their campaign receipts. In the course of 22 days, Democrats running for president have outspent Trump on social media ads by 5-to-1.
The academic elite behind the prevalent philosophy in tech censorship is ready to blame the GOP for pretty much everything. A study produced by three Iowa State University and University of Kansas professors has studied the link between political rhetoric and white nationalist hate crimes.
The Women’s March has a new agenda item: to delete all signs of President Donald Trump from social media. On May 20, the left-wing activist organization prepared 300,000 signatures as a petition to ban Trump, to be delivered at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco and New York City.
Not only is white supremacy banned on Facebook, but any sort of discussion about it from the right is also banned. Especially if you criticize the liberal narrative. Conservative commentator Candace Owens was recently handed a seven-day suspension from Facebook for a post that “violated Community Standards.” After a few hours, the account was restored.
Once again, Facebook’s liberal political tilt is showing. The platform has censored the latest blatant anti-semitic comments from Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. Former Democrat New York state assemblyman Dov Hikind posted a video to Facebook of Tlaib’s interview with the Skullduggery podcast.
The White House slammed both Google and Facebook over the First Amendment when it passed on a New Zealand plea for censorship of online content. The Washington Post reported that while other foreign powers sign on to the Christchurch Call to Eliminate Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content Online, the White House refused.
In order to win the hearts and votes of liberals everywhere, Democratic presidential candidates are now saying that they will break up or regulate Facebook. After Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes wrote an May 9 op-ed calling for Facebook to be broken up and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to be removed, Democrats started echoing the sentiment.
Google’s methods of curating news involves infusing a heavy dose of liberal ideology. That’s not just the opinion of conservatives, it’s the opinion of a top journalism publication. A study done by the Columbia Journalism Review, released on May 10, stated that out of the top 20 search results in Google’s “Top Stories,” the search engine relied on CNN more than any other news site.
Facebook banned Rev. Louis Farrakhan for his rampant anti-Semitism. So how come the video of him speaking about “Satanic Jews” is still live on the platform? The leader of the Nation of Islam spoke in front of an audience at the Catholic Church of St. Sabina in Chicago.
Twitter announced in January that the platform “amplifies the counter narrative” whenever President Trump tweets. On May 9, evidence of that policy surfaced. The Democratic Coalition, a left-wing group headed by Resistance warmonger Scott Dworkin, wanted to get the hashtag #PutinsGOP trending.
A former Facebook executive is interested in seeing Facebook get chopped into pieces. An op-ed written by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes in the New York Times expressed a resolve to “break up Facebook.” In the lengthy article , Hughes addressed many of the company’s ills, including Facebook’s privacy scandals and the concept that Facebook helped Donald Trump become president.
The front page of the internet wants to fight evil. But is it actually evil? Reddit is opening a new office in Ireland, and looking to recruit an “Anti-Evil” moderator to take down content that breaks the rules. Job responsibilities include: “Reviewing reported content and assess for policy compliance quickly and effectively.”
Is it possible for someone to be banned more than once in a week? The answer, according to Twitter, is yes. Conservative pundit and prolific author David Horowitz was suspended from Twitter in April, but appealed and was back online on May 7.
Instagram is testing the same model of censorship as its sister company, Facebook. Poynter, the liberal, Soros-funded fact-checking institute that verifies all fact-checking organizations for Facebook, announced May 6 that Instagram was testing shadowbanning all “disinformation” on its platform.
There are parody accounts and satire accounts on Twitter for almost every politician, red or blue. But not for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Twitter removed a parody account (that clearly stated multiple times on the account page that it was a parody) for “creating fake and misleading accounts.” The account owner, Michael Morrison, was also “permanently suspended.”
Twitter supposedly allows parody and satire accounts on its platform. But those privileges seem to only apply to accounts mocking the GOP. An account that parodied Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was suspended on May 6.
CNN is ready to push Big Tech into banning President Donald Trump -- as a “dangerous” person. Facebook and Instagram banned six individuals and all links to conspiracy website InfoWars as “dangerous” last week.
Facebook has a way of labelling and categorizing ideologies and individuals that it has banned. But how does it view other groups it hasn’t banished? On May 2, Facebook banned Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, Infowars’ Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer, and a handful of others. These individuals and any links promoting them were banned from Facebook and Facebook’s sister company, Instagram.