Fact-Checkers on Social Media- Can the Bias Be Stopped?
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?
Big Tech is doing everything in their very considerable power to CENSOR in advance of the 2020 Election. If that happens, we no longer have our freedom. I will never let it happen! They tried hard in 2016, and lost. Now they are going absolutely CRAZY. Stay Tuned!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020
The Fact-checkers tend to be lefists
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2020
….happen again. Just like we can’t let large scale Mail-In Ballots take root in our Country. It would be a free for all on cheating, forgery and the theft of Ballots. Whoever cheated the most would win. Likewise, Social Media. Clean up your act, NOW!!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2020
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.
.@jack a few questions for you below. Bottom line: Why should @twitter continue to get special treatment from government as a mere distributor of other people’s content if you are going to editorialize and comment like a publisher? Shouldn’t you be treated like publisher? pic.twitter.com/JwDKc3gSyN
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) May 27, 2020
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:
- This Latino Marine Veteran’s Life’s Work Destroyed By Zuckerberg’s Censorship Agenda
- Censorship and the Battle for Freedom
- Censorship is Hate Speech
- Facebook – Hypocrisy, Censorship. We Will Not Go Away!
- Censorship Hurts Us All: If they come for us, they’ll come for you.
- Donald Trump Jr- Conservative Censorship is Increasing
- Facebook Censorship – Fighting Back
- Google, YouTube Take Down Trump Campaign Ads
- We Will Not Be Silenced! Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children Censored Again
- Google Lied – Insider Reveals Blacklist and Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children is on it
- You Think We’re Silenced? NEVER. Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children is Back With a New Page
- Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children FB Page TakeDown #6
- Google Internal Documents: They Wanted to Bury Conservative News
- Facebook Fascism – Meddling in the Elections
- Snopes Bias: The Far Left Side of “Fact Checking
- California Bill Requires Hiring of Fact Checkers on All Websites
- Google, Facebook – no more ads for Fake News Sites
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