Big Tech censorship didn’t just repeatedly restrict and finally ban President Donald Trump. A new study by the Media Research Center found that 54 to 1 of all social media platforms censored Republican lawmakers, as opposed to 52 to 1.
This censorship targeted Republicans in the House as well as the Senate. It was particularly prevalent for stories related to COVID-19 and the 2020 election. Twitter demonstrated this when it blocked Rep. Thomas Massie, R-KY for his tweet on natural immunity and vaccine mandates. These results were based on analysis by the MRC’s CensorTrack.org database team.
YouTube removed content from Senators Ron Johnson (R. WI) and Rand Paul, and both accounts were suspended. YouTube also used COVID-19 to justify its restrictions.
The Federalist reports that Sen. Johnson had his YouTube account suspended for a week and the video was deleted. Johnson was speaking about how “bureaucrats” in Trump and Biden administrations “not only ignored but also worked against strong research.” [on]The Federalist stated that the early treatment for COVID could involve the use of generic, cheap drugs.
Paul shared a video clip of an interview that he conducted with Newsmax. He criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci’s inconsistencies. YouTube pulled it. Paul described the action as “very dangerous,” but the senator later called the incident a “badge of honor.”
Paul also created a video in response. YouTube took the video down and suspended Paul’s account for seven consecutive days.
As harsh as social media was on Republican House members, so were the sites. Massie is the latest victim. Twitter censored him for a tweet making a point about “natural immunity” and vaccine mandates. The questioner asked: “Should employers have the right to discriminate against people who do not have natural immunity, even if they are vaccinated?”
Twitter responded by placing its most restrictive warning label onto the tweet. It called it “Misleading” and prevented it from being shared, liked, retweeted, or replied to. Quote tweets required users to visit another warning label in order to view the content. The “Misleading” label said, “Learn why health officials recommend a vaccine for most people,” and linked to a Twitter generated page titled “COVID-19 vaccines are extremely effective at preventing serious illness and death.”
Facebook and Twitter both used their censorship tools at least thirty times in total against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-GA. This included five Twitter suspensions as well as the flagging at least 24 tweets that had some warning label.
One Democrat from each of the two previous U.S. congressional delegations were censored. Facebook temporarily removed Rep. Marie Newman, D-IL’s post regarding the transgender flag displayed outside her office. “Facebook took down our video of me putting up the Transgender flag outside my office and labeled it ‘hate speech,’” she tweeted
That didn’t last long. Andy Stone, Facebook’s communications director, was a veteran Democrat Party spokesperson. He quickly apologized. He quickly apologized. tweeted in response: “Congresswoman, this plainly should not have happened. We’ve restored this content and you have our sincere apologies.”
Big Tech reportedly also took steps to impact the election of new Republicans. Since November 2019, at least 15 Republican presidential candidates were censored. CensorTrack did not locate any examples of Democratic Party candidates being censored.
Autor, lawyer, and U.S. Senate J.D. Candidate Vance (R), is just one example. After his book, he became an iconic conservative figure. Hillbilly ElegyMillions of books were sold. Vance experienced Big Tech’s wrath firsthand when Twitter suspended his campaign’s press account. “No warning. There was no explanation about the rules that I am alleged to have violated. But this is what happens when we allow five companies to control what we’re allowed to say,” he tweeted
Lauren Witzke was the Republican challenger to Delaware’s current Senator Chris Coons (D). Twitter was temporarily suspended twice from the days leading up to election. Current Republican candidate for Congress Dr. Rich McCormick, who is running in Georgia’s 7th congressional district, had one of his campaign ads, which criticized President Joe Biden’s policy towards Afghanistan, removed from Facebook until the platform reinstated it. Facebook called it an error in removing the ad.
A Sept. 13 survey revealed that Facebook was actively supporting incumbents. Wall Street JournalArticle. The paper reportedly uncovered internal Facebook files indicating the platform was keeping a so-called “whitelist” of powerful figures that it was “shielding” from its typical censorship procedures. “While the program included most government officials, it didn’t include all candidates for public office.” The Facebook program “at times effectively grant[ed] incumbents in elections an advantage over challengers.”
The report said the documents showed that “The discrepancy was most prevalent in state and local races,” and reportedly worried Facebook employees it could expose the company to “accusations of favoritism.”
Big Tech bias can be clearly seen. Big Tech CEOs who are regularly asked questions about the targeting of conservatives could not recall a time when someone left-leaning was censored. During a congressional hearing involving CEOs from Google, Facebook and Twitter on Oct. 28, 2020, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) asked the Big Tech leaders to provide a single example of “one high profile person, or entity from a liberal ideology” who was censored. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook and Twitter. Jack DorseyWe failed to give a single example.
Big Tech started labeling almost everything posted by Trump’s campaign and former president Trump around 2020. One of many censorship labels was used by platforms to suppress and challenge information. Big Tech eventually deplatformed the former president and is fighting for his return.
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