When the social media giants testified before Congress this week, Democrats largely went after the tech CEOs for their use of data and behavior toward competitors while Republicans consistently alleged a pattern of anti-conservative bias by the tech companies, despite little evidence. Researchers have consistently failed to turn up evidence of systemic bias on the part of the platforms’ technology.
President Trump likes to play off the ignorance of Republican base voters by spreading fake news, then claiming social media tech companies are censoring him because of political bias. We just had an example of Trump doing that this week.
A video that made false claims about the coronavirus received tens of millions of views and was spread by President Donald Trump, until Facebook and Twitter removed it from their platforms.
The video, which features individuals in medical coats at the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building, includes misleading claims about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus therapy and the usefulness of masks in reducing the spread of the virus. Hours after the video went online, Donald Trump Jr., conservative outlet Breitbart, and Trump had promoted it, among many others.
During the House Antitrust subcommittee hearing Wednesday, a number of Republican lawmakers suggested Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are biased against conservatives. John Matze, founder and CEO of social media company Parler, joins “Squawk Box” to discuss.