Corinne Weaver

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Corinne Weaver is a staff writer for MRC TechWatch. Follow her on Twitter at @descarteslover. 

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In the past year leading up to the midterm elections, political ads on social media have been critical. No one understands this more than the Democrats. Between May 7 to October 16, according to the Atlantic, Facebook political spending was topped by Beto O’Rourke, the challenger to Senator Ted Cruz in Texas.



Citing facts is now considered hate speech, according to Twitter. LifeSiteNews, a pro-life conservative news outlet, was locked out of its Twitter account on October 18 after Twitter found an article posted four years ago violated its “rules against hateful conduct.” In the article in question, Dr. Gerard M. Nadal, president of the Coalition on Abortion, stated that HIV, syphilis, and gonorrhea were on the rise among the LGBTQ community because 60 percent of homosexual men “failed to disclose their symptoms or status to sex partners.”



Anti-semitism is bad. This is something everyone can agree on. Except for Twitter. On October 18, Facebook removed a video of Rev. Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, referring to Jewish people as “termites” from his page. On October 18, Facebook removed a video of Rev. Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, referring to Jewish people as “termites” from his page. However, the video still remains on Twitter, along with a new tweet from Farrakhan claiming that he doesn’t “hate anyone for their religious preferences.”

 



In the wake of Rev. Louis Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic rant posted to his social media accounts, one would think Facebook and Twitter had just stopped ensuring “healthy conversation.” But it turns out this isn’t the case.



Twitter is very keen on promoting “healthy conversation” and removing “dehumanizing language.” The exception to the rule? Louis Farrakhan. In a video tweeted by Farrakhan, the minister compared  Jewish people to“termites.”



Is Google News neutral? Not according to a new report that studied the issue and determined that its results were skewed liberal. AllSides, a media technology group, spent two weeks analyzing Google News’ homepage and determined that news outlets with a left-leaning bias were always at the top of the list.



The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could determine the status of social media companies as state actors. On October 12, the court accepted Manhattan Community Access Corp v. Halleck, a case where two producers sued the Manhattan Neighborhood Network for suspending them for expressing critical views.



Google wants to cite only the best experts in their fields in order to justify its position. Who better than liberal billionaire George Soros? In the Google presentation, “The Good Censor,” leaked to Breitbart, the search media company cited 27 so-called “experts” for different aspects of digital freedom and online censorship.

 



Twitter restricts users who say or do things that violate its world view. Sometimes. That’s not what happened to former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after some disturbing comments she made while on CNN. That’s not what happened to former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after some disturbing comments she made while on CNN.

 



The Media Research Center (MRC) today released a new poll, conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, specifically looking at conservatives’ attitudes towards the social media platform, Twitter. According to the poll, almost half of the conservatives (49 percent) surveyed do not trust Twitter to treat all of its users equally, regardless of their political beliefs. That’s nearly three times as many (16.7 percent) who trust Twitter.



Is the world’s largest search engine really free? And, if not, are its users? An 85-page document leaked to Breitbart argued that in order to prevent certain political events, tech companies would have to start censoring web content.



Google as an international company seems to have different priorities. The tech giant announced on October 9 that it was dropping out of the $10 billion dollar contract bidding for the Pentagon initiative known as JEDI.



It’s hard to believe that people with political agendas are capable of building unbiased products. Google certainly faces that test. After Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday, October 6, several employees and executives at Google expressed their rage on Twitter.



The “intolerant political monoculture” at Facebook has a grip on even the highest ranking executives. Facebook convened a meeting Friday, October 5, a  to discuss the conservative views of Vice President of Global Public Policy Joel Kaplan.

 



How can a tech company be neutral when almost all of its staff is anti-conservative? When Facebook Vice President for global public policy Joel Kaplan was spotted sitting behind Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Facebook staff lost their collective minds.

 



Twitter can be like the aggressor in a bad relationship, picking and choosing which rules to enforce based on how employees feel at the time. A suspect who allegedly posted the personal information of Republican senators online was arrested on October 3



Fact-checking journalists tend to err on the side of the left. Which makes their fact-checks mostly distorted and not exactly facts at all. However, Google is here to facilitate these journalists and their needs: with a new search engine tailored just for them.



Social media companies have been under fire recently -- mostly from the left -- for their participation in the spread of “fake news” during election cycles. So of course, whenever pressure from the left is involved, companies scramble to present solutions. So of course, whenever pressure from the left is involved, companies scramble to present solutions. Twitter recently unveiled new policies to “protect the integrity of elections.”



Want a place where you can gain a full understanding of any topic, from any perspective? Then Wikipedia is not the place for you. The editors who can’t seem to prevent the California GOP from being listed as Nazis on their platform have decided that Breitbart can’t be used as a source or reference.



An app that banned Alex Jones from using its platform is now being sued. InfoWars and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones are suing Paypal, the online payment processing app, for “viewpoint discrimination.”