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.
So much for Twitter being the “free speech wing of the free speech party.” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey couldn’t have distanced himself further from that famous 2012 quote. He told a “Wired 25” audience Tuesday that the original quote “was a joke.”
In 2012, then-Twitter UK General Manager Tony Wang told a media summit that the company tried to be “neutral” because of its principles. "Generally, we remain neutral as to the content because our general counsel and CEO like to say that we are the free speech wing of the free speech party," he explained.
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.
Media Research Center President Brent Bozell responded today to news of a leaked internal report from Google that suggested in order to prevent certain political events, tech companies would have to start censoring web content. "This story confirms our worst fear...."