On Monday, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced an investigation into Facebook’s use of personal user data. His investigation will look specifically at instances of Facebook sharing user information with political campaigns and political action committees and for good reason – Facebook has an agenda, and it is decidedly partisan.
Mr. Hawley’s investigation comes in a timely manner – Facebook is currently dealing with a horrendous scandal around the use of its data by shadowy consulting firm Cambridge Analytica to influence the 2016 President election. If that story sounds familiar, it’s because it is familiar – In 2012, the Obama campaign, with Facebook’s blessing, proudly touted their use of Facebook data to target voters. A former Obama director of integration and media analytics divulged that during the 2012 Presidential campaign, Facebook was “very candid that they allowed us to do things they wouldn’t have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side.” Not so with Donald Trump. In this case, Zuckerberg is “really sorry that this happened.”
Facebook’s egregious handling of its stockpile of users’ personal information is a testament to the dangerous unchecked influence of big tech. Mr. Hawley’s investigation is a step in the right direction to protect American citizens and free speech on the internet. It’s time to hold Facebook and its contemporaries accountable for their overt leftist bias. The fate of free speech on the internet may depend on it.