This week, the world read about a phenomenon with which the conservative world is already quite familiar. Facebook is a bottleneck of liberalism, a gatekeeper for communication. The platform is used all around the globe to share ideas and events ranging from the very, very small (like drinking a coffee) to the very, very big (like discussing political movements and candidates).
However, the gatekeepers of these discussions have been behaving quite unethically. Former Facebook employees have revealed that the social media giant is engaged in a vendetta against conservatives and works diligently to stifle conservative speech in order to offer an advantage to liberal agenda items.
This is not exactly news. Any who have made a living in conservative media have witnessed this phenomenon, but have not had it outright confirmed until now.
While this behavior is frustrating and outrageously unethical, this betrayal of trust in the company has far-reaching implications.
The long and short of it is this: Facebook operates based on algorithms that decides what people see. Facebook highlights what information is “trending” as a basis for spurring conversation. This highlights for people what is being discussed and provokes further conversation and postings on the matter.
However, according to the whistleblowers, Facebook routinely manipulates the trending qualifications to exclude conservative or right-leaning people or issues.
While it is frustrating to have topics like illegal immigration downplayed (as an example), these manipulations have much stronger effects than inciting mere frustration when we consider the fact that Facebook has been manipulating online discussions concerning political candidates.
According to the whistleblowers, people like Scott Walker and Ted Cruz were systematically targeted throughout the “trending” process.
“Depending on who was on shift, things would be blacklisted or trending,” said the former curator. This individual asked to remain anonymous, citing fear of retribution from the company. The former curator is politically conservative, one of a very small handful of curators with such views on the trending team. “I’d come on shift and I’d discover that CPAC or Mitt Romney or Glenn Beck or popular conservative topics wouldn’t be trending because either the curator didn’t recognize the news topic or it was like they had a bias against Ted Cruz.”
The former curator was so troubled by the omissions that they kept a running log of them at the time; this individual provided the notes to Gizmodo. Among the deep-sixed or suppressed topics on the list: former IRS official Lois Lerner, who was accused by Republicans of inappropriately scrutinizing conservative groups; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; popular conservative news aggregator the Drudge Report; Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL who was murdered in 2013; and former Fox News contributor Steven Crowder. “I believe it had a chilling effect on conservative news,” the former curator said.
Did you ever wonder why Ted Cruz did so well at the polls but Donald Trump and his antics were always trending?
Further, why is it that every utterance by Bernie or Hillary solicits significant social media buzz, but Ted Cruz only trends when Trump pours gasoline on their feud?
The source only discussed Republican candidates Scott Walker and Ted Cruz, but it’s possible these were just examples and that the censoring was far more widespread.
People have been so busy scrutinizing Fox News and CNN to ensure that they’re being fair-minded with regards to candidates, few have looked at the very gatekeeper of this information: Facebook.
We will still use Facebook, but it seems clear that the time is long overdue for a social media platform to challenge the liberal giant that is unscrupulously working to hinder conservative political candidates and political leanings.
Political pundit Steven Crowder perhaps explained the situation best when he articulated that while Facebook is a company and can do what it wants, “Facebook is only as valuable as the trust of their users (as seen by the recent Twitter stock plunge).”
It’s time for the Goliath of liberal social media to reap the consequences of their betrayal.