Mainstream media journalists are having a field-day.
“A new report finds that claims of anti-conservative bias on social media platforms are not only untrue but serve as a form of disinformation”, they write. There is “no empirical finding that social media companies systematically suppress conservatives”.
The social media sites reportedly even “bend over backwards to try and appease conservatives”. Is that true? The report in question is from NYU’s Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. It lead researcher, Paul Barret, has some strong views on the topic.
“The contention that social media as an industry censors conservatives is now, as we speak, becoming part of an even broader disinformation campaign from the right, that conservatives are being silenced all across American society,” Barrett said in an interview with The Verge.
The lead researcher behind the report states that claims of bias are used as a political tool by the conservatives. “It’s a tool used by everyone from Trump to Jim Jordan to Sean Hannity, but there is no evidence to back it up,” he said.
The researchers analyzed data from analytics platforms CrowdTangle and NewsWhip and existing reports like the 2020 study from Politico and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. Findings show that “conservative accounts actually dominated social media“.
This explanation may leave some people confused. Conservatives could dominate social media despite the bias these sites have against them. How is that proof of anything?
Saying that conservatives are more active or more influential on social media does not mean that there is no bias or that Facebook or Twitter actually favor conservative opinions. And the examples of bias are everywhere.
During the presidential elections, social media sites “engaged in an unprecedented blackout of conservative reporting”, as one reporter put it. He was referring to the Hunter Biden scandal. The report on supposed shady dealings by president’s son were blacklisted as “misinformation” and suppressed on Facebook and Twitter.
The New York Post account was blocked entirely. They could not post about anything, not just Hunter Biden, for two weeks. Strangely, the same strict standard on “misinformation” was never applied to outlandish claims about Trump and the infamous “Russian collusion”.
What may be the source of the confusion is that, in fact, some conservatives are doing very well on Facebook. Ben Shapiro, a conservative commentator and his publication “The Daily Wire”, are doing very well, and might even be getting preferential treatment. There are multiple reports of Shapiro attending private meetings with Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg.
What they discussed on these meetings is impossible to know. We can infer that their relationship is at least cordial. In fact, Shapiro even praised Facebook CEO for his commitment to free speech.
But most conservatives are not treated that favorably. Alex Jones, Gavin McInnes, Steve Bannon do not host dinner parties with Mark Zuckerberg or Jack Dorsey. They were all removed from social media, with their accounts deleted permanently. The same even happened to president Donald Trump.
Here’s a timeline of conservatives removed from social media since the 2020 election. The Big Tech censorship is becoming more and more extreme, and it seems it’s only a matter of time until conservatives are forced off mainstream social media entirely. That is, except the select, well-connected few.