Last Updated on September 15, 2019
Facebook has been accused of implementing a politically-driven anti-conservative bias for several years.
Various pages and posts, from a wide range of political leanings, have been removed for ‘hateful’ content, drawing negative attention from politically active users.
Facebook has colluded with national governments to smash the reach of so-called ‘hate speech’ and ‘fake news’–the German government even threatened to fine the social media company if hateful posts weren’t removed in a timely manner.
Sites such as Infowars with a right-leaning bias have been entirely removed from the site.
On the topic of ‘hate speech,’ it has become something of an exhausted cliche to say, ‘who gets to decide it?’
Well, Facebook does.
However, when Facebook exec, Monica Bickert, was asked if their company had an anti-conservative bias, he replied, ‘we do not.’
President Trump has often highlighted the Tech bias against him.
Project Veritas revealed Google’s role in wishing to fix political election.
How do we know there’s no bias?
When asked how users can be sure there’s no anti-conservative bias, Bickert pointed to the fact that back in April 2018 Facebook published the internal guidelines it uses to decide whether to remove posts.
“When John’s [DeVine’s] team members are looking at a piece of content and making a decision, we want people to understand that they’re not applying their own subjective beliefs about what they think should be on the site,” Bickert said. “They have very granular rules that they have to apply. And those rules are now public for people to see.”
Still, more recently, in August, Facebook released the findings of a report it commissioned on anti-conservative bias showing that “there is still significant work to be done” to satisfy concerns from conservatives who believe the social network discriminates against them.
Social media played an important part in populist uprisings in Europe and America, in spite of claims of targeted censorship.
The use of social media acts as a competitor to the monopoly on truth held by the legacy media.
With social media acting as an alternative for those unconvinced by legacy media narratives, these platforms become a form of assembly point,
Big Tech’s involvement in politics remains a controversial topic moving forward into the 2020 election cycle.