Who knew that sharing a public fact about a liberal politician could count as bullying? GOP spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany tweeted on February 6 that she had been blocked from her Instagram account. It was not until the next day that Instagram noted the mistake it had made, due to public outcry from the Daily Caller and Breitbart, and restored McEnany’s account.
Censorship of conservatives isn’t limited to social media. Financial platforms are also guilty. Right-wing provocateur Laura Loomer was banned from Paypal on January 4. “PayPal just banned me for no reason whatsoever,” she declared. Loomer made a controversial name for herself as an activist and performance artist whose demonstrations to expose leftists have gone viral.
A “bullying bounty? Social media platforms are now going to offer incentives to their employees to follow their company’s political agenda. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced to his company in a phone call in January that the social media platform would be offering bonuses to its employees based on what they have done for social progress
After numerous liberal videos have been downvoted by millions, YouTube is considering tactics to combat “dislike mobs.” Embarrassing cases such as YouTube’s famous 2018 Rewind and Gillette’s “anti-male” commercial have proved that the site has millions of users who don’t don’t share its progressive ideology.
Facebook once decided that partnering with a liberal fact-checker would help stop the spread of supposed “fake news.” On February 1, fact-checking site Snopes announced that it was no longer interested in working with Facebook and was pulling out of its partnership with the social media company.
Even Twitter’s CEO admits he can’t keep track of his company’s banning policy. Jack Dorsey made a few damning admissions and omissions during his interview with radio host Joe Rogan on February 2. While Rogan has been heavily panned by his fanbase for giving Dorsey “softball” questions, Dorsey has voiced openly contradictory positions on freedom of speech as well as his platform’s policies.
Foreign countries and governments that are at odds with the U.S. government will stop at nothing to influence elections. In announcements made on January 31, Facebook and Twitter stated that several hundred pages and accounts linked to Iran, Russia, and Venezuela had been taken down.
The schools and studies that are shaping technology’s approach to fake news and censorship are biased in favor of the left. A study released by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology opened with the premise that readers should be able to determine what fake news is and isn’t.
A Google executive sparked backlash from LGBT- supporting employees after using the term “family” in an internal presentation. The Daily Caller exposed a 2017 incident where Google was in uproar over a “family”-oriented product aimed at children. LGBT-sympathetic employees disparaged the term as “offensive, inappropriate, homophobic, and wrong” because it denies that non-traditional arrangements, such as childless couples, are families.
Want a job at Facebook? You’re a shoe-in if your resume includes having worked for liberal billionaire George Soros. According to Ars Technica, Facebook hired three people to analyze its privacy practices, which it mentioned on January 29.
Facebook has mentioned that enforcing policies against “hate speech” is one of its priorities. In a new announcement released on Facebook’s blog, the platform stated that it was looking into creating a board to help determine content policing.
YouTube announced it is restricting more videos — including “borderline content and content that could misinform users in harmful ways.” The platform has a bad history of policing content.