This reaction from a Republican Senator to Facebook shows just how oppressive both the left AND the right really are.
Paul Gordon- Ok, so we’re still on the Facebook bias in trending topics story thanks to this latest move by a Republican Senator. The article comes from The Hill. Apparently, a Republican Senator, John Thune, has decided that the Federal Government needs to look into the personal affairs of a private entity, Facebook, because they might not be fair to conservatives. Now, I JUST WROTE how Facebook’s biases could produce (and I believe WILL produce) a Free Market backlash. I wrote about this here and here. I made it clear Facebook has EVERY right to do what it wants with its platform and the free market has every right to respond to those decisions.
The fact that a conservative republican Senator is now using the weight and might of the Federal Government to question a private entity over its private decisions that affect its platform is just yet another illustration that the right is just as likely to call on the state to oppress your liberty as the left is. What remains to be seen is how the conservatives react to this move by Thune. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
A top Republican senator on Tuesday demanded answers from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over allegations that the social media giant’s trending news feature omits topics popular with conservatives.
“Facebook must answer these serious allegations and hold those responsible to account if there has been political bias in the dissemination of trending news,” said Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) in a statement. “Any attempt by a neutral and inclusive social media platform to censor or manipulate political discussion is an abuse of trust and inconsistent with the values of an open Internet.”
Thune sent a letter to Zuckerberg after Gizmodo reported allegations that the human curators behind the company’s “Trending” feature omitted topics popular with conservatives and didn’t include stories from conservative news outlets.
Thune’s letter to Zuckerberg asks a number of questions, including whether “Facebook news curators in fact manipulated the content of the Trending Topics section, either by targeting news stories related to conservative views for exclusion or by injecting non-trending content.”