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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Big tech companies have been trying to say that they don’t favor one political ideology over another. But their users don’t agree.
Denial might be a river in Egypt but today it looked an awful lot like the Potomac.
It’s worth asking big tech companies whether they practice core American values on a global scale. In the Sept. 5, Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on social media, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg whether their respective companies were built on “the tenet of freedom of expression.”
Wouldn’t it be nice if Twitter allowed people to see posts from everyone they followed in the order that things were posted?
Twitter jumps on conservative content at the first opportunity. But how long does it take for the platform to remove actual threatening posts? If the target is conservative, the answer is too long.
A new study about Google News shows that while everyone gets the same results, five liberal news organizations “alone” made up 49 percent of the total recommendations from the respective experiments. The five were The New York Times, CNN, Politico, The Washington Post and HuffPost.
Public officials are still calling into question the practices of social media tech companies. Both Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey are set to testify in front of both the House and Senate next week, on September 5. The Senate Intelligence Committee said their hearing was focused on “social media companies’ responses to foreign influence operations.”
While Facebook rushes to focus on hate speech in the United States, apparently it hasn’t analyzed accounts from war-torn places like Myanmar.
Google isn’t the only big tech company with internal issues.
It turns out public relations actually mean something to a tech company. After conservative outcry was sparked when NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch criticized Twitter for not suspending users who threatened her children, Twitter miraculously decided to reverse its initial decision. Whereas before the account was not found in violation for arguing that Loesch’s children should be murdered, now Twitter Support discovered that the account was in fact breaking the rules and was promptly suspended.
The left has taken over yet another entertainment medium and made it their own.
On social media, hate speech will be swiftly removed. Unless the victim is perceived to be on the wrong side of the conversation. Conservative commentator, radio host, and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch tweeted a screenshot of a comment she received from a Twitter user on August 26. The tweet stated that in order for Loesch to understand a point, she would need to have her children murdered. Loesch had reported the tweet to Twitter Support, but Twitter notified her saying, “We have reviewed your report carefully and found that there was no violation of the Twitter Rules against abusive behavior.”
In its aim to be politically correct, Facebook has determined that criticizing an accused terrorist counts as hate speech. According to Brigitte Gabriel, founder of Act for America, Facebook suspended her personal page for posting a comment about the suspected terrorist arrested at a compound in New Mexico. She tweeted that the post was taken down for “hate speech.”
In its overzealous policing of thought, Twitter has now picked a side on war and peace, apparently. On August 13’s episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight, Peter Van Buren, a former State Department employee, told Carlson that he was “banned for life” on Twitter, for inciting violence. In a Twitter debate with journalists, Van Buren stated that as a State Department employee, he lied to journalists “on behalf of the government.” The next thing he knew, he was banned from Twitter, with virtually no explanation as to why.
In a piece by the New York Times, Cecilia Kang wrote about how she and Kate Conger attended a Twitter meeting, meant to discuss the removal of “dehumanizing content,” only to be disappointed. She wrote, “I felt that depicting a policy meeting that didn’t result in substantive changes, which was basically what happened, was in itself revealing about the state of Twitter.”
YouTube has decided that its viewers and content creators are only allowed to believe what they decide is right — especially when it comes to climate change.
In the running war against freedom of speech, tech companies have started to take down extremist content.
If hell had a sound, it would be like listening to the women on the View — and Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti — talking about sex.
Sing, o muse, of those disgusting conservatives and their impossible ugliness.
Twitter’s fight with conservatives has gotten so bad that politicians want to do something about it.