Unfortunately, leading up to last week’s midterm elections, “election meddling” was again a major topic of discussion. Prior to election night, Facebook announced it had banned more than 100 accounts suspected of “coordinated inauthentic behavior” and, without any real indication of why, said it believed the accounts were Russian-based attempts to meddle in the U.S. election.
As noted by Gizmodo, Facebook’s vague announcement about the alleged meddling did not provide any context and left us wondering: “What kind of coordinated inauthentic behavior? Who are these dastardly fake news operatives? What messages were they spreading, and how effectively?”
So, we have to wonder: Did Facebook cry “Russian meddling” as cover to again censor political ads and personal accounts that do not align with the far left?
Facebook is not the only company in Silicon Valley that has taken advantage of its platform to push a political agenda ahead of the midterms.
Here are just a few examples of Big Tech partaking in its own form of election meddling, censoring and blocking political ads of messages that do not align with the far left.
- Facebook banned a 30-second ad supporting Republican Tennessee Senate Candidate Marsha Blackburn paid for by Susan B. Anthony List, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit aimed at ending abortion in the United States. Facebook claims it was an accident as the “ad does not violate Facebook’s policies,” but the group said Facebook’s censorship has happened over and over again. And get this: just hours after it issued an apology for banning the 30-second ad, Susan B. Anthony List said Facebook blocked another of its ads, one relating to another close Senate race in Montana.
- Google blocked two ads supporting Republican Tennessee Senate Candidate Marsha Blackburn, which shows clips from a campaign event during which protesters interrupted her moment of silence for the victims of the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, citing it as “shocking content.”
- Twitter deleted more than 10,000 accounts ahead of the elections. For example, Twitter suspended Hollywood conservative actor James Woods, who tweeted a satirical meme that suggested Democrats were encouraging men not to vote in November’s midterm elections, questioning whether it was real and noting that it is “pretty scary.”
Instead of only keeping an eye on international actors like Russia and China, Americans should be concerned about the blatant, non-transparent attacks happening right here on American soil in Silicon Valley.
Big Tech has engaged in a coordinated effort to meddle in the 2018 midterm elections on behalf of the far left. What more will it take for Congress to realize that these monopolistic companies are not impartial, but rather push the political agenda of their C-suite executives?