Social Media Revelations Come to Light During Hearings

Social Media Revelations Come to Light During Hearings

( – For several years, conservatives suspected their content on social media was being censored. Democrats and the media said it was just a conspiracy theory. However, in 2020, the conspiracy theory turned to fact.

Just weeks before the election, the New York Post was censored for its pay for play scandal involving the Biden family. According to the Media Research Center, between November 9 and 16, the Trump campaign was censored 83 times by Twitter, and overall 194 times since May 31, 2018. How many times was a single Democrat censored? You got it… zero.

On Tuesday, November 17, the CEOs of Twitter and Facebook took another grilling on Capitol Hill. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Jack Dorsey of Twitter at times acted surprised or uninformed. In a few instances, they conveniently acknowledged wrongdoing after the damage was done.

Joe and Hunter Biden Story Censorship

In the weeks leading up to the election, the New York Post reported an explosive story revealing that the Biden family may have used the former vice president’s office to secure financial dealings in Ukraine and China, among others. The Biden campaign never came out and directly denied the story. Twitter and Facebook took it upon themselves to censor the New York Post, and Twitter went so far as to shut down its page and halted the sharing of the story on its platform.

Under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, the social media giants cannot be held liable for what others say on their platforms. As such, tech companies are not considered publishers since they don’t have editorial control. Now that they are actively censoring the President of the United States and legitimate long-standing newspapers, they definitely look a lot more like publishers.

The issue had several Republican Senators fired up. Sen Linsey Graham (R-SC) said, “That to me seems like you’re the ultimate editor. The editorial decision by the New York Post to run the story was overridden by Twitter and Facebook in different fashions to prevent its dissemination. Now, if that’s not making an editorial decision, I don’t know what would be.”

Dorsey Admits Censorship Was Wrong

Dorsey admitted in the hearing that the censorship of the New York Post was wrong. That’s convenient of him now that the election is over. The CEO said the decision was solely based on hacking, which is illegal and was not done in this case by the newspaper. He claimed the wrong action was corrected within 24 hours. However, it was only as long as The Post deleted the tweet.

Whistleblower Complaint of Social Media Collusion

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) revealed that a new whistleblower complaint alleged that Facebook, Twitter, and Google coordinate to make censorship and moderation decisions. In past hearings, the CEOs acknowledged that few conservatives work at the companies, fueling suspicion that conservatives were being singled out inappropriately.

Sen. Hawley said a person with direct knowledge of Facebook’s moderation practices reached out to his office. The whistleblower claimed that a system called “Tasks” coordinates the censorship. Hawley tweeted out an image as an example and said that this is how content quickly gets censored across platforms. Zuckerberg didn’t deny the internal platform exists and does sometimes coordinate with their counterparts. However, he denied the platform existed to purposely censor posts and refused under oath to turn over any lists.

In the coming weeks and months, more will be made about social media companies’ actions and the recommended changes to the law that shields the social media giants from liability. Stay tuned.

Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst

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