Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg spent hours on Tuesday being questioned by members of Congress.
During his testimony, many jarring facts came to light.
And with one question, Sen. Ted Cruz forced him to admit that he hates conservatives.
Facebook is well known to have a liberal bias.
Conservatives are regularly censored on the platform, while liberals rarely ever receive any pushback when they express their views.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz wanted to get to the bottom of this while questioning the site’s founder.
He asked Mark Zuckerberg about censorship of conservatives, specifically mentioning the Trump supporting commentators Diamond and Silk, whose content was flagged as “unsafe” by the site.
Zuckerberg fully admitted that with the headquarters being in the highly-liberal Silicon Valley is a likely reason to sound alarmed by conservatives, but remained firm in his belief that the site is unbiased.
While Zuckerberg was forced to acknowledge that conservatives have faced scrutiny from the site, he got much quieter when Cruz began questioning him on liberal groups and if they had faced any censorship.
After Cruz specifically mentioned Planned Parenthood and Moveon.org, Zuckerberg acknowledged that he is not aware of any scrutiny that liberals have faced by his platform.
As reported by The Daily Caller:
“Sen. Ted Cruz clearly rattled Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday by grilling him about Facebook’s well-documented censorship of conservatives.
Zuckerberg had a relatively easy time facing questioning during his Tuesday testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees until Cruz took over the helm.
Cruz noted the number of examples of Facebook censoring conservatives, including labeling conservative commentators Diamond and Silk as “unsafe,” hiding stories about the IRS targeting conservatives and blocking over two dozen Catholic pages.
“To a great many Americans, that appears to be a pervasive pattern of political bias,” Cruz said. “Do you agree with that assessment?”
Zuckerberg admitted that Facebook’s location in the highly-liberal Silicon Valley could concern conservative users, but assured Cruz that the platform tries to be unbiased.
“Are you aware of any ad or page that has been taken down from Planned Parenthood?” Cruz shot at the tech billionaire.
“Senator, I’m not,” Zuckerberg conceded. “But let me just — ”
“How about MoveOn.org?” Cruz continued.”
When Facebook was founded, the mission statement was “Making the world more open and connected.”
With the current content policing on Facebook, it might be fitting to remove the “open” part of that statement.
Facebook has routinely gone after conservatives, shutting down their free speech on the platform.
Simply being pro-life or anti-illegal immigration is enough for Facebook to crack down on your content.
Ted Cruz’s questioning forced Facebook’s founder to fully admit that this targeting of conservatives is occurring.
Some believe that Facebook should not be allowed to police content based on political beliefs.
Others believe it is their right as a private company to police content as they please.
Do you think Facebook should be allowed to censor conservative speech on their platform?
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