Bias at Facebook and Google

October 18, 2018

We’ve been hearing Mark Zuckerberg claim for months that Facebook isn’t biased against conservatives, even as the number of conservative users and media outlets that are banned from Facebook has been rising.  The “reason” is always that they’ve violated Facebook’s terms of service or were circulating “fake” or “misleading” political news (which should have gotten CNN banned for life) or vaguely-defined “hate speech,” but the details are usually fuzzy or amount to maybe one story that got something wrong and was already corrected (again, how many times does CNN do that?)  

Some conservative media leaders have begun sounding alarms that this is not a coincidence, but part of a concerted effort to silence non-leftist voices; that having encouraged everyone to move away from independent websites and blogs to giant social media sites, the ultra-liberal curators of those sites are now systematically weeding out conservative voices.

https://www.westernjournal.com/exclusive-truth-facebooks-censorship-ny-times-hit-job/

Those critics got new ammunition in the past week or so, and a spotlight was shone on the tech lefties, when Facebook suddenly banned 559 pages.

https://www.westernjournal.com/facebook-purge-list-pages-deleted/

These include the popular site Right Wing News.  It’s run by a US military veteran who lost both legs and his right hand in combat in the Middle East.  Facebook let him pay them $300,000 for advertising, then not only shut down his page with no warning, they also shut down his business page, Military Grade Coffee, which simply sells coffee and donates a portion of the profits to veterans. 

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/10/16/facebook-deletes-disabled-veterans-page-without-warning-after-taking-300000-for-ads/

The top executives of social media sites deny any political bias, it’s just those pesky algorithms.  But maybe the problem is a little lower than the top.  At the link is Tucker Carlson's interview with an engineer who quit Facebook after complaining about the repressive PC corporate culture. He says that despite denials from the top, there is a cabal of engineers in lower management that will attack anyone who expresses a non-far-left thought as “a sexist or a racist or a transphobe or an Islamophobe.” He claims that they are targeting conservative pages in defiance of the site’s mission to promote free speech, and that they are “unbelievably belligerent, demanding and hostile not just toward other employees, but toward Facebook leadership directly."

https://www.foxnews.com/tech/facebook-ex-engineer-who-railed-against-liberal-culture-explains-why-he-quit

In other words, it sounds as if the top management at Facebook (as well as Twitter and Google) need to clean out their own houses.  If these engineers actually have any talents beyond censoring people they disagree with, then it shouldn’t be hard for them to find new jobs.  They can thank President Trump for that. 

It hasn’t been a good PR month for Google.  There have been reports of the tech giant (former motto: “Don’t be evil”) developing a censorable, traceable search engine for the Chinese government… 

https://www.westernjournal.com/google-confirms-creation-dragonfly-censoring-search-engine/

…The exposure of the data of half a million users and an attempt to cover it up…

https://www.westernjournal.com/google-exposed-data-tried-cover/

…A study by the media technology group AllSides that found that despite Google’s denials of bias, the Google News home page and search results show a “strong preference” for left-leaning media sources…

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/10/16/google-news-results-left-leaning/1651278002/?fbclid=IwAR1vvtxGgzbIEQ5Bf94B9MnU9STEP8xyTi7cx7OkINa_eY_Kfbi3I9RMENg

And to put the cherry on top, Google’s female former PR chief has written a satirical book revealing that the Silicon Valley tech industry culture is filled with people who are stridently PC in their attitudes toward everyone else, but incredibly spoiled, sexist and privileged within their own smug bubbles…

https://www.westernjournal.com/former-google-exec-tears-back-veil-serious-problems-caused-silicon-valley/

Now, just what Google needs to cement its reputation with Americans: while they are eager to work with the communist Chinese government, Google just pulled out of bidding for a $10 billion contract with the Pentagon after some employees quit in protest that it violated their corporate principles.

At this point, I’m sure many Americans will mostly be shocked to hear that Google has principles.  Meanwhile, in a totally unrelated story, I’m sure, DuckDuckGo, the search engine that doesn’t track you or keep records of your searches, just hit a record 30 million daily searches, up 50% in just one year.

https://www.cnet.com/news/duckduckgo-hits-30m-daily-searches-as-more-people-flock-toward-privacy

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  • Jennie Ekleberry

    10/21/2018 10:58 AM

    After listening to part of Mark Zuckerberg's testimony in front of Congress, I deleted my personal FB account. I gave up knowing the everyday happenings, pics and messages of friends and family and now have much more time to do other things. No matter how hard I tried, I could not scroll past a bias and one sided comment or post, which was a daily occurrence. Over a two year period, I found that people were set in their beliefs, no matter how reasonable or totally sane my comments. One pet peeve was immigration. We cannot take care of the world. We are now over 21 trillion in debt, which does not mean much to most voters. Our government and our citizens have done an excellent job in helping others for decades. No country can survive with open borders. They have been so brain washed, they never stop to think how illegals in this country have been used for decades for economical advancement (especially in California). They never think about how these illegals live in fear and never reap the benefits of being a citizen for their hard work. They would rather think they are morally superior and pat themselves on the back, while ridiculing the morals of others. I feel this country is on the verge of a political civil war. If the Democrats take back Congress in Nov., we can kiss this country good-bye. It will set the stage for a 2020 victory. If they do not, then I feel there will be an assassination of our President. They have caused so much discord and hatred since his election, they can easily find someone to use or blame. They control the DOJ, FBI and CIA and the truth will not be known. Remember JFK!

  • Sharon Boozer

    10/18/2018 04:07 PM

    Mike - I am one of the many who have been blocked and banned from both FB and twitter and Disqus - for expressing biblical views and especially for speaking the truth about islam to warn others...based on what the ideology teaches . Satans demons working thru personnel working in social media can't stand the masses knowing the truth about God or Islam!!!

    But what can we the furious average Christian citizens do to fight against this? I have saved screen shot copies of all of my comments and social media block messages and sent them to well known christian law firms, MRC, etc. I have also exposed this blocking of my first amendment rights on other websites and social media such as MeWe. But beyond that and rebuking satan in the name of Christ, what can we do?

  • Darrell Mordente

    10/18/2018 03:40 PM

    Americans should call their congressmen and tell them we do NOT want them to demand that Facebook and Google (or anyone else) clear their sites of "Fake News". First of all the real problem with "fake news" is that it is coming from CNN, MSNBC, etc. But I believe the Democrats would use Facebook and Google to control the news. They have controlled most of the news media for decades. The internet allowed people to get their own stories out --- and that poses a threat for the Democrats. Now the Democrats want to stop that, so that they control all the news. So again, we should urge our Congressmen, that Freedom of Speech needs to be protected everywhere including on Facebook and Google.

  • SHIRLEY FRIEDMAN

    10/18/2018 02:26 PM

    I have used fb and have never done anything that did not meet the requirement set up with FB. I never used slang, never used foul language as I didn't ever want to tarnish my name or image I represent. Then suddenly after potus Trump came aboard that all changed. If i would write a comment documenting my opinion clearly validated and if it was detrimental to the left in any way it would be taken off. If not taken off they would make it impossible to finish my sentences and would eventually get off. THEN I WOULD GET A NOTE FROM THEM SAYING I DIDN'T MEET THE REQUIREMENTS, I DID WITH NO RESERVATIONS THEIR COMMENT WAS UNTRUE. THEN I RESPONDED ON MY TIMELINE MENTIONING THAT FB WOULD NOT ALLOW ME TO POST. THEN I WAS NOT ABLE TO POST ANYTHING FOR A TIME OF 3WEEKS. UNFAIR TO SAY THE LEAST.

  • Judy Solarz

    10/18/2018 02:22 PM

    I sent 2 notes to you. I never received an answer. I also posted those 2 notes on my FB page and Trump for Americas page as well as a couple more. Both the notes were deleted from all pages with the vague comment you referred to earlier.

  • Sharon Emerson

    10/18/2018 01:21 PM

    I live in WA state and Seattle, unfortunately now. In the paper this morning it says voter registration has reached an all time high and has required the department to work weekends to answer all the calls!! Can this mean a red tide is coming?? I am praying so. For the first time in years we have choices on the ballot. It's always been the same parties, but now red is appearing. Thank you, Lord.

  • Richard Payne

    10/18/2018 12:02 PM

    As we learned today Mike a Federal Judge was lied to by lawyer from the DOJ concerning Hillary Clintons server and e-mails. Lied to a Federal Judge and nothing happened. This is why we are all frustrated. No one is ever help accountable except us.

  • Carol Miller

    10/18/2018 11:49 AM

    Thank you for always presenting the Truth. As a believer in Christ, Conservative Republican I appreciate & respect this. Please report on Mitch McConnell's speaking on Fox this week in regard to Social Security, Medicare, & etc. I am 62 years of age. Have worked & pd. taxes since I was 12 years of age. The House & Senate need to sacrifice their hefty salaries & unearned benefits. Sincerely, in Christ. Carol Miller

  • Stephen Russell

    10/18/2018 11:00 AM

    Why Dems must be defeated:
    o Anti America
    o Pro crime & terrorisim
    o Speech suppression
    o Neo Nazis
    o Racists
    o Lie, cheat to win
    o Pro Violence
    o Dble Std: see DOJ.
    o Deep State.
    o Raise taxes & regulations.
    o DC is a Leftist run City.
    o Pro Communist: see Vietnam War.
    o Anti Innovation: see our Ed System
    o Pro & home to KKK.
    o The State is supreme vsGod.
    any more, add yours to list.
    Fwd & share

  • Stephen Russell

    10/18/2018 10:45 AM

    Censorship & urge make them into Utilities & thus Open to public scrutiny. Yes.
    Regulate FB & Google
    Blame the Top Execs.,
    No Uniform Censorship policy for either, on a whim Ill censor U but OK with ISIS videos

  • Kathy

    10/18/2018 10:31 AM

    We need an alternative to Facebook. Isn't there someone out there that has the
    money and knowledge to create competition to Facebook and Twitter ?

  • Tom Williams

    10/18/2018 10:25 AM

    If Facebook and Google are serious about being open and unbiased, they need to form a separate board to evaluate potentially rule-breaking posts and make membership decisions. In addition to rooting out unfairness, this would also separate the evaluation of the posts from the execution of the censorship. It would also distance Facebook's and Google's business from the process. The new board would have to be comprised of people of various political points of view whose selection of principles (but not decisions) would be open to public scrutiny and audit. Otherwise this issue will continue drag both of their businesses down.

  • LTC(R) Tom Reiva

    10/18/2018 10:19 AM

    Appears to me Facebook and Google need to be regulated by the FCC or whomever.