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As we inch closer to the November election, Big Tech has pushed all-in on censoring content on its social media platforms in the quest to ensure that there is not a repeat of 2016, when they were used to help elect President Donald Trump.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was the first to have the audacity to flag content from the president, who has 82.5 million followers on the social media platform, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is now committing to do the same in his quest to “fight hate speech.”
The problem being the left-of-center Trump-hating platforms are the judges of what’s hate speech and what’s not, and of what constitutes white supremacy — a catchword on the left to censor the opposition.
Meanwhile, the new kid on the block, the free expression site Parler , couldn’t be more pleased as its user count is exploding.
“The 2020 elections were already shaping up to be heated — and that was before we all faced the additional complexities of voting during a pandemic and protests for racial justice across the country,” Zuckerberg said in a statement posted Friday on Facebook. “During this moment, Facebook will take extra precautions to help everyone stay safe, stay informed and ultimately use their voice where it matters most — voting.”
Included in the changes is that Facebook will now flag “newsworthy” posts from politicians that break its new rules, to include the President of the United States.
“Often, seeing speech from politicians is in the public interest, and in the same way that news outlets will report what a politician says, we think people should generally be able to see it for themselves on our platforms,” Zuckerberg wrote. “We will soon start labeling some of the […]