Rep. Steve Scalise Grills Facebook CEO on Censoring of Conservatives – Refers to Western Journal Study
On Wednesday House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on the company’s targeting and censoring of conservative content.
Facebook has been censoring conservative publishers since the 2016 election of Donald Trump.
It is virtually impossible for major conservative outlets to get their content to spread on Facebook today.
Rep. Steve Scalise: I do want to ask you about a study that was done by Western Journal dealing with the algorithm that Facebook uses to describe what is fed to people through the newsfeed and what they found was after this new algorithm was implemented that there was a tremendous bias against conservative news and content. And a favorable bias towards liberal content. And if you can look at that it shows a 16 point disparity which is concerning… Who develops the algorithm?… You can also put a bias in if that’s the directive. Was there a directive to put a bias in? Are you aware of this bias that many people have looked at and analyzed and seen?
Mark Zuckerberg: Congressman this is a really important question. There is absolutely no directive in any of the changes that we’ve made.
Of course, that is a lie.
Here is the proof.
TGP reported on this study in March.
A recent study by George Upper at The Western Journal confirms that Facebook’s much-publicized demotion of publishers’ content in users’ news feeds has negatively impacted conservative-leaning publishers significantly more than liberal-leaning outlets.
According to the report –
Liberal publishers have gained about 2 percent more web traffic from Facebook than they were getting prior to the algorithm changes implemented in early February.
On the other hand, conservative publishers have lost an average of nearly 14 percent of their traffic from Facebook.
This algorithm change, intentional or not, has in effect censored conservative viewpoints on the largest social media platform in the world. This change has ramifications that, in the short-term, are causing conservative publishers to downsize or fold up completely, and in the long-term could swing elections in the United States and around the world toward liberal politicians and policies.
According to the report, perhaps no media entity has been hit as hard as The Gateway Pundit as shown in the chart below –
Facebook is now admitting their liberal bias and actions to suppress the conservative America loving point of view –
Campbell Brown, a former anchor on NBC and CNN who now leads Facebook’s news partnerships team, told attendees at a recent technology and publishing conference that Facebook would be censoring news publishers based on its own internal biases:
“This is not us stepping back from news. This is us changing our relationship with publishers and emphasizing something that Facebook has never done before: It’s having a point of view, and it’s leaning into quality news. … We are, for the first time in the history of Facebook, taking a step to try to to define what ‘quality news’ looks like and give that a boost.” (Emphasis added.)
Based on The Western Journal’s analysis — and an overwhelming amount of insider reports from new media publishers — it is clear that Facebook’s definition of “quality news” is news with a liberal slant.