A whistle-blower from a company employed by Facebook to manage content on the site has released undercover footage documenting the deliberate censorship of conservatives on the platform.
In a video released last week by Project Veritas, former Cognizant employee Zach McElroy admitted that 75-to-80 percent of posts selected by Facebook’s algorithm for moderator review support President Donald Trump, Republicans and Conservative causes.
The damning footage captured Facebook content moderators bragging about deleting pro-Trump and pro-conservative content while being protected by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. This means that Facebook are not meant to actively edit content like traditional publishers, but rather act “like a phone company just stringing wires on poles.”
The footage, however, shows one content moderator admitting that she will delete every Republican item on her queue, saying: “Yes! I don’t give no f*cks, I’ll delete it.”
She went on to say that she will not remove anti-Trump content, even if it violates the platform’s policy.
“You gotta take it down but I leave it up,” she admitted. “If you see something that’s not supposed to be up, it’s probably me.”
McElroy also revealed that Cognizant’s Facebook moderators were told not to censor a video of CNN host Don Lemon where he brands white men the “biggest terror threat in this country.“
Another content moderator, Lara Kontakos, can be heard saying: “If someone is wearing a MAGA hat, I am going to delete them for terrorism.”
After looking around at her colleagues, Kontakos added: “I think we are all doing that.”
In 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress claiming Facebook is a politically neutral platform for “all ideas.” Despite being given a number of examples of biased censorship towards conservatives, Zuckerberg told lawmakers that each example was a mistake.
Project Veritas’ founding CEO, James O’Keefe, said: “Zach McElroy’s story raises serious doubts about the Capitol Hill testimony of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who gave lawmakers the impression that his company only takes content that could cause harm, such as relating to terrorism or hate speech, but never for politics.”
O’Keefe went on to say, “our report shows for the first time anywhere Facebook’s robust and human-directed process for restricting the marketplace of ideas, which calls into question their CDA 230 immunity.”
Frustrated by the constant censorship and suppression on social media platforms, which also include Twitter and Youtube, conservatives have been longing for a solid alternative.
And in recent weeks, it would seem Parler has risen to the occasion. The Twitter-alternative, which launched in 2018, describes itself as “unbiased social media” which advocates “free expression without violence and no censorship.”
According to Parler CEO John Matze, the platform has attracted more than 500,000 new users in about a week.
“We’re a community town square, an open town square, with no censorship,” Matze said. “If you can say it on the street of New York, you can say it on Parler.”
It’s not just the obscure, fringe types making the move either. Republican politicians and conservative pundits are signing up in droves, including Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Ted Cruz, Eric Trump, Nikki Haley, Kayleigh McEnany, among many others.
A number of users have noted that despite having a significantly larger following on Facebook and Twitter, they’re able to reach almost as many on Parler due to the fact that their posts are not being actively suppressed.
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