Facebook has taken heat for supporting free speech and for including Breitbart in its “News” tab, and now its VP of global marketing solutions is making a stand. Yesterday, Gizmodo wrote its not-so-objective commentary that “Facebook recently announced that white supremacist propaganda site Breitbart would be considered a ‘high quality’ news source on its platform, leading to complaints that Facebook was legitimizing hate.”
In what could be perceived as a subtle barb at Facebook, and perhaps even Twitter too, Snapchat declared its commitment to battling “misinformation” with the upcoming election in mind. “We subject all advertising to review, including political advertising,” the Snap CEO Evan Spiegel said on Monday, according to CNBC. He continued, adding, “I think what we try to do is create a place for political ads on our platform, especially because we reach so many young people and first-time voters we want them to be able to engage with the political conversation, but we don’t allow things like misinformation to appear in that advertising.”
In this era of civility, Google’s search algorithms are doing their part in keeping the peace. Google Images, the section of Google Search where users can look for images, suggests images with any phrase or word typed in the box. With the query, “punchable face,” several images crop up immediately.
Millions of Americans’ medical data was reportedly shared with Google, and even liberals are calling foul. Democratic leaders, including House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) have all condemned a business arrangement between Google and Ascension, the leaders “asking for more information about how patient health data is being used and shared” as reported by CNBC.
It’s all just a conspiracy! News Editor trashes The Wall Street Journal for its exposure of Google’s biased practices. Search Engine Land's News Editor Barry Schwartz wrote an article “Misquoted and misunderstood: Why we, the search community, don’t believe the WSJ about Google search” in an attempt to dismiss The Wall Street Journal’s damning exposé.
Twitter appears to be doing all it can to protect those participating in the impeachment inquiry from public criticism. Liberal news outlet BuzzFeed noted that the phrase “I hired Donald Trump to fire people like Yovanovitch” was trending on the morning of Nov. 15.
Twitter has banned political ads -- except for some “cause-based” ads it still thinks are important. After Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced that all political ads were to be banned from the platform, both the left and the right were concerned about their ads.
Google makes many claims about its search engine. The results are not curated, they are not manipulated, and there is no blacklist of sites, says the company. However, none of these statements are true, according to an extensive investigation from The Wall Street Journal.
Facebook released a “report” on Wednesday, which is anything but transparent concerning its censorship and deplatforming of millions. “The company said it removed more than 3.2 billion fake accounts between April and September,” and it also “removed 11.4 million pieces of hate speech” during the same six-month period the previous year.
If skeptics needed any more evidence that Big Tech is liberally biased, Amazon delivered in a big way. Amazon published a policy list to “provide customers, investors, policymakers, employees, and others our views on certain issues,” the manifesto read. Though it tried to claim shortly thereafter that “there is much room for healthy debate and differing opinions.” We’ll see about that. Founder and CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos also conveniently owns the liberal Washington Post, who unveiled its melodramatic motto “Democracy Dies in Darkness” after Donald J. Trump won the presidency.
The founder of the liberal crowdsourced information platform Wikipedia, which received $2 million from liberal billionaire George Soros, is launching a social media site to rival Facebook and Twitter. Jimmy Wales said in a tweet that WT:Social is a response to the “fake news and low quality content” that can be found on Facebook and Twitter.
You might not be exciting enough to be on a government watchlist, but Big Tech companies have allegedly taken a great interest in users’ private lives. Facebook may have been watching users through their cameras while they scroll through their newsfeeds. A web design firm owner named Joshua Maddux claimed in a tweet that he, “Found a @facebook #security & #privacy issue. When the app is open it actively uses the camera. I found a bug in the app that lets you see the camera open behind your feed. Note that I had the camera pointed at the carpet.”In the footage, his camera appears to be operating outside of his control in the background of his Facebook newsfeed.