What began as a way to stay in touch with college friends became the biggest social network in the world with 2.6 billion users. Thirty-six percent of them get their news on Facebook, according to Pew Research Center. Wielding that much power, the platform is quickly becoming one of the biggest censors of conservative viewpoints through unfair application of company policies.
Those policies are extremely far left, from providing dozens of gender options to enforcing "hate speech" guidelines against Christians and pro-lifers.
Months ahead of the 2020 election, Facebook attempted to pacify the far left by saying it would start labeling “inflammatory” but newsworthy content (a.k.a. things then-President Donald Trump said) and tighten ad policies. The ad policy prohibited "claims that people from a specific race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, caste, sexual orientation, gender identity or immigration status are a threat to the physical safety, health or survival of others,” Zuckerberg said.
Even before that, Facebook had rejected pro-Trump and Trump campaign ads over alleged policy violations. It has also censored conservative, Christian and pro-life content through biased fact-checking and “hate speech” policies for years.
In the past two years, investigative reporting revealed how anti-Trump Facebook and its content moderators are. Some moderators admitted they yanked anything pro-Trump and did not apply company policies equally to liberal content. Others said moderators were rigging the platform for the left.
“I was seeing them interfering on a global level in elections. I saw a blatant exception that just targeted conservatives or favored liberals—and you know, we're deleting on average 300 posts or actioning 300 posts a day,” former Facebook content moderator Ryan Hartwig told Project Veritas. “If you magnify that by however many content moderators there are on a global scale, that's a lot of stuff that's getting taken down.”
The company’s effort to fact-check content relies on the left through a partnership with Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN). Poynter, a journalism nonprofit, received $1.3 million from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations and the Omidyar Network in 2017 to expand IFCN.
Facebook’s efforts to end allegations of bias by creating an Oversight Board that could overrule CEO Mark Zuckerberg have not convinced conservatives. Eighteen of the 20 board members are tied to or worked with groups that receive funding from liberal billionaire George Soros. Notable among the majority-liberal group was a left-wing, former newspaper editor who promotes censorship of conservatives, a law professor who testified in favor of Trump’s impeachment, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner who was part of a Muslim Brotherhood-linked political party.
- With the Great Barrington Declaration, a group of leading infectious disease experts worldwide came together to stand against excessive lockdowns, which studies have shown to have little to no effect and possibly are a net negative. Facebook removed the group’s page without explanation in February 2021.
- Facebook buried PragerU’s page in May 2020 after its biased fact-checkers condemned an accurate video about polar bear population growth as “false.” Facebook punished the alleged “repeated sharing of false news.” Two years earlier, Facebook deleted some of its educational videos as “hate speech,” and censored several others. Analytics showed zero reach despite PragerU having 3 million followers and a typical reach of 50,000-70,000 on its posts. Facebook apologized and called the removals an “error.”
- Project Veritas interviewed multiple former Facebook content moderators with Cognizant (a Facebook contractor) who said their colleagues hated Trump in June 2020. Some even conversed about collecting Iran’s “bounty” on Trump to save America. Moderators who spoke out said conservative content was flagged or removed much more than liberal content. Undercover video showed moderators admitting to deleting pro-Trump content and saying the company helps “rig the game” for the left. Insiders told Project Veritas the Facebook algorithm is biased against conservatives and that Facebook sent memos to contractors of liberal images and posts to ignore, even ones that would normally violate policies.
- Facebook joined several social media companies to fight COVID-19 "misinformation" by amplifying “authoritative” content. It supplied warnings to people before they could access supposed misinformation and directed many to the World Health Organization despite its COVID-19 blunders.
- Two Live Action videos saying “abortion is never medically necessary” were deemed false information in September 2019 by fact-checking partners and taken down by Facebook. The company also reduced distribution of Live Action and Lila Rose’s pages because of the so-called misinformation. CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted there was “bias” in this decision and Facebook reinstated Live Action.
- Facebook pulled some Trump ads against Antifa for supposedly violating policies against “organized hate” in 2019.
- Facebook has repeatedly censored pro-life ads including a “graphic” image of an unborn baby in the womb in May 2019, an ad about the danger of abortion drugs, took down an interview with an abortion survivor and falsely fact-checked a pro-life page that called Planned Parenthood an “abortion business.”
- Information about a small, Australian conference on the “Rise of Anti-Christian Sentiment in the West” was rejected as a violation of Facebook’s community standards in April 2019.
- A July 2018 report found that Facebook had suspended Christians who criticized indoctrinating children with homosexual ideology, shared statistics or affirmed traditional marriage.
- Just like other social media companies, Facebook partnered with the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center to determine who is a “hate” group in June 2018. In the past, the group put anti-female genital mutilation activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali and neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson on lists of “extremists.”
- In 2016, conservative pressure over allegations Facebook suppressed conservative content from Trending Topics forced the company to move to full automation and eventually kill off the feature.
- Starting in 2010, Facebook teamed with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and other LGBT organizations to stop anti-gay speech on the platform. In 2012, GLAAD awarded Facebook its media award.