Fact-Checkers on Social Media- Can the Bias Be Stopped?

 In Politics, Social Media

President Trump plans an Executive Order on Thursday to squelch Social Media bias against Conservatives after Twitter “fact checked” one of his tweets regarding mail-in ballots. One of the “fact-checkers,” Yeol Roth, is a raging anti-Trumper. Bias in spades?

The Fact-checkers tend to be lefists

Fox reported on the Executive Order set to be released Thursday:

According to the drafts, the executive order would apply, at least in part, to section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which states that: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”

Section 230, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, essentially protects online platforms against a range of laws that may otherwise be used to hold them legally responsible for what others say and do. The provision of the law created broad protection and allows for free speech on platforms.

It lets companies like Facebook and Twitter moderate content on their platforms as they see fit, while protecting them from lawsuits over content shared on them. An executive order, though, likely could not amend or repeal the section on its own.

Could Fact-checkers cause social media to be “content publishers” instead of social media platforms?

The “fact-checking” label on Trump’s tweet linked to an article that claimed Trump’s statements were inaccurate. In so doing, Twitter could have shot itself in the foot and be labelled as a “content publisher” rather than social media. That designation would remove their protection under the Communications Decency Act. Will Twitter’s Jack Dorsey be in for a rough ride?

The Epoch Times reported,

“The fact-checking label is concerning since it sends people to a list of content that Twitter deems to be factual, such as certain media organizations, and non-media accounts that have been verified by the platform, said Andrew Selepak, social media professor at the University of Florida.

“Twitter is essentially telling users who can and who cannot be trusted and labeling content from some users as untrustworthy,” Selepak told The Epoch Times. “Determining what is true and false … is what a content publisher would do—and not a social media platform.”

Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) plans a bill to change the portion of the Decency Act so that they are no longer protected.

Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram call themselves “fact-checkers,” but in reality they are opinion monitors.  They continually decide that Conservative viewpoints are “inaccurate.” Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children gets “fact-checked” constantly on everything.  They have restricted our articles,  or outright banned us constantly because our viewpoint differs from theirs. There is no free speech on social media. Specifically, the worst censorship occurs in an election year.

And yet, FB’s Zuckerberg weighed in on Twitter’s fact-checking action against Trump, saying he doesn’t fact check politicians (CNBC). No, he just restricts the content enough so that no one can see it.

Regulating them or stopping them will be a difficult task, and wording will be paramount in the Executive Order. President Trump plans a special commission to investigate the bias among the various social media giants (aka Big Tech). The Senate did an investigation last year on censorship and their witnesses lied, which left no action from the whole agenda.

These related stories are just a smattering of the articles we’ve written on the Censorship in Social Media:

Will anything actually be done to stop the censorship? Or will this end up like every other plan, dumped in favor of Big Tech?

Featured photo: Twitter L to R: Mark Zuckerberg, President Trump, Jack Dorsey

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