Corinne Weaver is a staff writer for MRC TechWatch
Corinne Weaver works as a senior analyst for the Media Research Center. As the Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow, her coverage on tech censorship, media bias, and pro-life issues have been cited by many in the conservative movement. Corinne’s work has been featured in Fox News, the Guardian, LifeSiteNews, and the Federalist. Before her current position, Corinne graduated from Christendom College with bachelor’s degrees in English and History.
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The liberal media denies the power of bias in algorithms when it comes to censorship of conservatives. But it fully embraces the idea of bias when it comes to gender inequality. David Heinemeier Hansson, a Danish software developer, tweeted that Apple’s “black box algorithm” gave him 20 times the credit limit as his wife.
Amazon’s influence might bring another Democratic presidential candidate to the stage. Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg recently filed to be on the Alabama ballot in the 2020 primary.
CNN can’t even tell people whether naming the whistleblower is illegal. But tech companies are now the judge and jury for the common user. Facebook and YouTube announced that they would delete content that named the whistleblower whose story inspired the Democrats to launch an impeachment inquiry on President Donald Trump. A Facebook spokesperson told CNN on Nov. 8 that “[a]ny mention of the potential whistleblower’s name violates our coordinating harm policy, which prohibits content ‘outing of witness, informant, or activist.’”
The left has been pressuring Big Tech companies to change their ad policies in preparation for the 2020 election. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is considering following the footsteps of Twitter when it comes to changing its political ad policies.
A study funded by grants from liberal billionaire George Soros claimed that conservative news outlets and figures amplified xenophobic and hateful “attacks” against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). The authors of the Social Science Research Council study found that there was “a social media narrative of manufactured outrage that was disproportionately Islamophobic, xenophobic, racist, and misogynistic.”
Twitter banned all political ads on its platform, to the applause of the left. But now the left wants more. Democratic Party presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) tweeted that Twitter “need[ed] accountability” when it came to climate change ads.
Twitter has finally decided to ban accounts linked to Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah and Palestinian terrorist group Hamas from its platform. The official account of the Hezbollah TV station, Al Manar TV, and the official account for Hamas’ Al-Quds TV were both suspended, as far back as November 2.
Two tech companies have allegedly declined to testify at a hearing held by Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) about their dealings on China. The hearing, held by the Senate Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, will focus on “How Corporations and Big Tech Leave Our Data Exposed to Criminals, China, and Other Bad Actors.”
Liberals think any advocacy for freedom of speech that does not benefit them merits punishment. Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton is ready to crack down on Facebook. At a Netflix event for the documentary “The Great Hack,” Clinton addressed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg from the stage, ominously saying that he should “pay a price for what he is doing to our democracy.” She also hinted that there was a link between Facebook’s meetings with Tucker Carlson and Breitbart.
The left only wants free speech for their side, but no one else. In a piece published on Medium, former Slate technology writer Will Oremus warned that Twitter’s decision to ban ads will hurt liberal causes. He wrote, “banning political ads is not as straightforward, nor as obviously correct, as those cheering Dorsey’s announcement seem to think.” The article argued that the Twitter ad ban will hurt “activists, labor groups, and organizers.”
Hollywood has decided to weigh in on the debate as to whether or not political ads belong on social media platforms. The writer/producer of West Wing and The Social Network, a movie about the founding of Facebook, has come after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a New York Times op-ed.
The media are opposed to anything that remotely resembles a neutral approach. So when Facebook decided to leave political ads from politicians untouched, the liberal news media declared war. Head of Facebook News Campbell Brown wrote in an Oct. 30 Facebook post that she was “astonished at the reaction by other journalists to Facebook's decision not to police speech from political candidates.”
Twitter is reportedly engaging in a cover-up of a former Democratic congresswoman’s scandal that caused her to resign. The Daily Mail took a story that Red State’s Jennifer Van Laar first broke about Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA) and ran it with a link in the story that led to graphic images of the politician with one of her staffers.
Socialism is remarkably popular among wealthy elites who have already made money. In a tweet, Google Product Manager Michael Sayman, who was a millionaire at the age of 21 from software design, endorsed Democratic presidential primary candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
The backlash Facebook has received from the left over its election ads policy has been overwhelming. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) gave her stamp of approval to the internal liberal protest from Facebook employees over the company’s decision to leave political ads untouched.
The same day Facebook launched its “News” tab, Google quietly poured money into news projects around the world. But many of these projects are aimed in one political direction. The new project, the Google News Initiative North American Innovation Challenge, announced 34 news projects to be funded on Oct. 25. Twenty-nine of these projects were located in the states, while the other four were in Canada.
The media want no neutrality on the tech platforms they once considered friendly. After Facebook released its “News” tab, the liberal media slammed CEO Mark Zuckerberg for including Breitbart among the 200 outlets in the “News” tab.
Yet another social media study, this time from Penn State University, characterizes a group of YouTube creators as a threat. The study, “A Supply and Demand Framework for YouTube Politics,” offers a new way to look at the “alternative media” found on YouTube.
The celebrity propaganda machine has turned against Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. Documentary director and activist Michael Moore claims he was sneaked in to the House Financial Services Committee hearing, where Zuckerberg was testifying.
Even though Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) wants to break up Big Tech and regulate it, those who profit from the tech industry support her anyway. Warren had her most successful fundraising quarter yet, raising $125,305 from employees at Facebook, Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, and their subsidiaries.