During his testimony on Wednesday, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg explained that his company made an “enforcement error” when it censored popular conservative commentators Diamond and Silk.
Texas Republican Joe Barton began his questioning of the Facebook founder and CEO reading to him a message he received over Facebook asking why Facebook had censored the popular Trump-supporting African American duo of Diamond and Silk.
Zuckerberg said it was all just a big mistake:
“In that specific case,” Zuckerberg replied, “our team made an enforcement error. And we have already got in touch with them to reverse it.”
Barton went on to praise Facebook as a “success story” for growing to over 2 billion users. But the congressman then said, “It’s such an integral part of certainly young Americans’ lives that you need t work with Congress and the community to ensure that it is a neutral safe, and to the largest extent possible private platform.”
“I do agree that we should work to give people the fullest free expression that is possible. That’s what when I talk about giving people a voice, that’s what I care about,” Zuckerberg replied.
But, how true is this?
Later Louisiana Republican Steve Scalise asked Zuckerberg how it is that the social media giants vaunted algorithm only seems to censor conservative sites.
Scalise noted that the new algorithm that was implemented to put a stop to “fake news” only hurt conservative sites.
Zuckerberg insisted that there is no bias to his software.
Scalise asks Zuckerberg is there was an algorithm chance that demoted conservative content on Facebook.
Conservative pages have lost huge traffic since February compared to leftist pages that were not hit.
He's lying of course, because he's not under oath. pic.twitter.com/mkwaHpZvMn
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) April 11, 2018
Zuckerberg really did not adequately answer the question. But the evidence Scalise was talking about makes it pretty clear that the algorithm targeted conservatives almost exclusively.
Tech Giants Google and Facebook are currently purging conservative content from Facebook and YouTube — They are hiding conservative stories on Google — They are shadow-banning conservative news on all social media.
In February Facebook launched a new algorithm to ensure that conservative news would not spread on the social media platform.
This was after Facebook announced it was losing 50,000,000 user hours a day in the previous quarter.
The algorithm change caused President Donald Trump’s engagement on Facebook posts to plummet a whopping 45%.
In contrast, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) do not appear to have suffered a comparable decline in Facebook engagement.
It looks like Facebook is definitely targeting conservatives and letting liberal sites go unmolested.