Facebook has taken some free speech stances that drew heavy criticism from fellow Big Tech companies, liberal commentators, and now the Democratic primary frontrunner. Former vice-president Joe Biden told The New York Times editorial board “that Section 230 should be revoked, immediately” for Big Tech companies. The Times called that provision “pretty foundational” to the internet. Biden spoke with The Times editorial board as it tried to determine which candidate to endorse as an organization. In the 80-minute discussion, Biden hammered Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and threatened to repeal the legislation that was intended to protect free speech on the internet.
Even Facebook admits the 2016 Trump campaign benefited from the platform. But the liberal media try to interpret the use of a tool as something sinister. State-funded PBS thinks both President Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin worked to use social media against the Democrats.
Only Hollywood can so fantastically misunderstand a free speech policy and protest its existence. Actor Mark Hamill (Star Wars) announced on Twitter that he was deleting his Facebook account in order to take a stand against the policies that the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended.
Univision senior anchor Jorge Ramos has joined the rest of the mainstream media’s collective Soleimani lunacy. His most recent edition of “Real America”, broadcast on Facebook Watch, is an exercise in bias-driven propaganda, driven by pure Trump animus and far from the “Real America” he claims to represent.
The media and Democrats want to limit Facebook ads before the 2020 election. But Facebook refused to cave in to their demands. In a Jan. 9 blog post published by Facebook Director of Product Management Rob Leathern, the company argued that “we don’t think decisions about political ads should be made by private companies.”
At least one person on the conservative side appears to understand the importance of free speech on social media. President Donald Trump touted the critical importance of social media in the face of a biased liberal media. Trump praised nationally syndicated radio talk show host of “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” Rush Limbaugh on Jan. 6, 2020 as one of many sources of truth that break through liberal media gatekeepers and noted the importance of social media. “People are getting it,” said Trump. “They really get it, and because of social media and my Twitter. Without Twitter, I think we’d be lost. We wouldn't be able to get the truth out.”
Democrats and the media have blamed Facebook for President Trump’s win in 2016. Now Facebook is firing back. Facebook Vice President of AR/VR Andrew Bosworth wrote an internal memo defending Trump’s 2016 campaign. Facebook Vice President of AR/VR Andrew Bosworth wrote an internal memo defending Trump’s 2016 campaign. He wrote, “Parscale and Trump just did unbelievable work. They weren’t running misinformation or hoaxes.
The Obamas are extending their presence in entertainment media with some upcoming social media video content. Michelle is reportedly partnering with ATTN: to launch a web series on Instagram for young people.
Facebook is taking another shot at improving its fact-check process, by adding a large group of part-time contractors to help sort information from disinformation. In an attempt to assuage the concerns of conservatives and free speech advocates wary of Big Tech bias, Facebook will be partnering with YouGov to select a politically diverse community of reviewers.
The 2020 election is going to be fought online and the left has decided to create its own fact-check unit. The Democratic National Committee started a “counter-disinformation unit” to “serve as a knowledge base and intelligence unit” for the party.
Facebook announced a new policy to label state-funded media on its platform. Qatar-backed outlet Al Jazeera has a problem with that. In a letter sent by the media outlet’s lawyers to Facebook’s Vice President Jennifer Gillian Newstead and Head of Global Policy Management Monika Bickert, Al Jazeera wrote that Facebook’s policy would cause “substantial and irreparable harm” to its reputation.
A former Facebook employee says that social media companies “owe it to democracy” to increase restrictions on Facebook’s political advertising and “fix the mess” they allegedly created. Facebook’s former government and politics client partner Clare O’Donoghue Velikić wrote an article for The Guardian on Dec. 6 on “how to fix social media’s political ads problem.”