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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After a meeting with President Trump on April 23, Twitter rolled out some stronger policy changes. Twitter is ready to prevent misinformation on its platform, says Twitter Safety’s new blog post. Twitter is ready to prevent misinformation on its platform, says Twitter Safety’s new blog post. The article stated that “Any attempts to undermine the process of registering to vote or engaging in the electoral process is contrary to our company’s core values.” The company created a new reporting feature that would allow users to report content more efficiently. It plans on testing it on the Indian election and the EU elections this year.
The liberal narrative is that President Donald Trump cannot accomplish anything in office. So when Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey met with Trump April 23, the general consensus from the media and various tech officials was that “we are even more fucked then we were the day before,” in the words of journalist James Kosur.
Election manipulation is something the media have typically associated with Russians. But one liberal billionaire funnelled 56 times more money into manipulating content to win elections than the Russians.
Social media platforms have pledged to rid their sites of “hate” and “terrorism.” But after the horrific bombing in Sri Lanka that killed nearly 300 Christians on Easter, they have remained strangely silent.
Social media platforms and Big Tech companies have been slowly working to censor content on their platforms more efficiently. Emma Llanso, Director of Free Expression at the Center for Democracy and Technology, wrote in an op-ed for Wired that the response to the New Zealand mass shooting in March brought the internet to a terrifying reality.
Big Tech bias hits even at times of major news. After the Mueller Report was released April 18, journalists and pundits took to social media to analyze the findings. But no one would know there was “no evidence of Trump campaign ‘collusion’” from looking at the curated Twitter Moments.
Ideological diversity is crucial when it comes to building a well-balanced fact-checking team. But the left won’t accept anyone who isn’t on their side. Facebook’s controversial fact-checking program announced on April 17 that it had added two more partners to its United States branch, Science Feedback and Check Your Fact.
While Twitter might not be sure as to who is a Nazi and who isn’t, it thinks bots can help decide. And, like it or not, more censorship is on the horizon.
Data gathered from millions of individual users was apparently handed out as gifts at Facebook. In a new leak published by NBC, it was determined that Facebook did not sell data to third-party companies or advertisers.
Social media companies are not only censoring, but they are also adding a new item to the agenda: make sure no one mentions that it’s happening. The TV company Starz asked Twitter to take down users’ tweets on a story that explained how Starz shows were being pirated.
An organization that includes an offensive tweeter has no business petitioning to ban someone else from Twitter. The Women’s March has launched a petition asking Twitter to ban President Donald Trump on March 13. The Women’s March has launched a petition asking Twitter to ban President Donald Trump on March 13. The group reacted to the president’s tweet with a video of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), that compiled her comments on 9/11 with footage of Ground Zero. T
Facebook has struggled with the concept of freedom of expression for some time now. But now the platform is interested in ignoring it more openly. In fact, the platform has been “reducing the spread of problematic content that does not violate [its]policies” since 2016.
At the Senate Judiciary hearing on April 10, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) grilled Facebook and Twitter on their censorship policies, especially of conservative and pro-life content during the Senate Judiciary hearing on April 10. He announced that in previous hearings, Facebook refused to answer questions that CEO Mark Zuckerberg had promised would be answered in hearings in April of 2018. As he grilled the two representatives for Facebook and Twitter, Neil Potts and Carlos Monje, it seemed that both the witnesses found it difficult to directly answer the Chairman
According to leaked documents obtained by the Daily Caller, Google does act upon its bias against conservatives in the most pernicious ways possible. Daily Caller reported on April 9, that Google described two different policies in those documents which, if broken, might lead the search engine to blacklist certain sites from search results.
George Soros, Google, and the ADL all have something in common: they all take interest in “white nationalism” online. Google sent an interesting representative to the hearing on “Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism” on April 9. Alexandria Walden, Google’s Counsel on Free Expression and Human Rights, was introduced by the House Judiciary Committee Chairman as a former Center for American Progress employee.
Another Senate hearing probing into the treatment of free speech at social media companies is scheduled to happen on April 10. The hearing, “Stifling Free Speech: Technological Censorship and the Public Discourse,” will be headed by subcommittee chair Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
The U.K. has begun tightening its regulation policies, at the risk of freedom of speech online. In a white paper published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on April 8, new guidelines were proposed for regulating the internet.
Facebook is struggling with yet another privacy scandal. Bloomberg reported that the data of millions of Facebook users was found on Amazon Cloud “hiding in plain sight.”
Google has a tough choice to make. Make a small outreach to conservatives and face a war with many of its liberal employees. The Washington Post reported that more than 1,437 Google employees signed a petition to remove Heritage Foundation’s President Kay Coles James from the company’s new AI ethics council. A Medium article, written by Googlers Against Transphobia, was published on April 1 criticizing the decision. The article called for the removal of Kay Coles James because of her stance on transgender issues and immigration.
Facebook has tried to filter out what it considers to be “fake news” in many different failed attempts. Now it wants to try again. In an interview, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that he was interested in building a newsroom for Facebook. The product would be based on a similar model as the Apple Newsroom.