(UnitedVoice.com) – After the 2016 election, social media companies promised to clamp down on election misinformation seeded by foreign entities into US elections. However, it didn’t take them long to transition from monitoring “Russian” disinformation to censoring conservative viewpoints with which they disagreed.
Before and after the 2020 election, social media giant CEOs were forced to admit their censorship policies went too far. However, the acknowledgment doesn’t seem to matter to the massive companies because censorship of conservative voices and free speech has continued unabated on their platforms.
Bias Starts in the Workplace Culture
In 2020, over 90% of all money donated by social media employees was given to Democratic candidates. Open Secrets reported that 98.99% of all donations from Twitter employees were given to the Democratic Party. In total, they gave $347,270 to Democrats versus $3,556 to Republicans. Facebook employees gave substantially higher amounts to Democrats. Total donations given to Democrats were nearly $2.5 million compared to $218,576 to Republicans.
People have a right to give money to whomever they want. However, when it’s evident a workplace is biased towards one political party, how could any work against the opposing party be unbiased?
Political junkies know all about the censorship Twitter and Facebook continue to apply to President Trump and how those platforms protected Joe Biden in the lead-up to the election. However, Trump wasn’t alone. In October, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) asked the heads of Big Tech to provide one example of a Democrat or liberal activist group that Facebook or Twitter had censored. He was met with deafening silence.
Social Media Bias Runs Rampant
The blatant partisan bias and censorship by social media are slowly leaking out and being exposed. While President Trump is at the top of their list, it didn’t stop with him. It’s not just politicians that are being singled out by social media. It’s other influencers that aren’t even politically connected but have powerful voices. Here are only four examples:
- Facebook censored the pro-life group Live Action. One video was suppressed for claiming that “abortion was never medically necessary.” After The American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists advocated for the group, Facebook finally stopped suppressing the advocates.
- In October, Facebook censored the Susan B. Anthony List for posting about Biden’s support for late-term abortions.
- Twitter suspended US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan for tweeting an update about the southern wall. Twitter said the post was “hateful conduct.”
- Instagram, owned by Facebook, blocked a post from blogger Esther Berg who has 330,000+ followers. She used satire to compare Ivanka Trump favorably with an unflattering picture of Chiara de Blasio (New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter). Berg’s post was blocked for showing “intimate images of others without their consent.” That’s despite the fact that the image of Chiara is still online throughout the platform.
A Google search shows story after story of people who were censored for their conservative political views, satire, and other forms of speech.
On December 9, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a lawsuit to break-up Facebook. More could be on the way for other monopolies in big tech. Regardless, the election is over, and the social media giants are exposed. It’s only unfortunate it’s after an election.
However, the American people are on to them.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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