Suspicion over impartiality of social network grows after Gizmodo exposé
After it was revealed that Facebook is deliberately blocking conservative news sites from appearing in the social media giant’s ‘trending’ section, it now appears as though the company is also censoring pro-Donald Trump posts.
As Gizmodo reported earlier today, “Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project.”
The company also chose to promote leftist social justice causes like ‘Black Lives Matter’ at the expense of content with a pro-conservative bent.
Is the world’s biggest social network also censoring and banning users merely for posting messages in support of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy?
As the image above illustrates, one post was removed simply because it expressed support for Trump’s policy of a temporary halt on Muslim immigration due to concerns over ISIS attacks.
Another user asserted that he had been slapped with a 30 day Facebook ban simply for posting the hashtag “#Trump2016”.
— G (@gmel0) May 9, 2016
Last month it was also revealed that Facebook employees appear to believe that they should not remain impartial, but should instead take action to prevent Trump from becoming president.
Facebook was forced to respond by asserting that it is “neutral” and “will not use our products in a way that attempts to influence how people vote.”
However, Facebook has repeatedly taken sides in political debates, notably by teaming up with the German government and an ex-Stasi official to clamp down on posts critical of Angela Merkel’s open border migrant policy.
Just as Twitter has reportedly censored hashtags critical of Hillary Clinton, it now appears that Facebook is brazenly violating its claim of impartiality by directly punishing users for posting pro-Trump content.