When tech companies become censors and arbiters of speech, their biases take over in those decisions — whether performed manually or by algorithms. Many platforms have unfairly banned Christians or conservatives for supposed “hate” speech as identified by left-wing arbiters.
Microblogging site Tumblr is a prime example. It is owned by Automattic which also owns Wordpress. Automattic’s CEO Matt Mullenweg was an early protester of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Mullenweg also admitted to Recode that he helped Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke's effort to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. Tumblr employees are also huge supporters of Planned Parenthood. These biases are reasons for concern over Tumblr’s 2020 crackdown on “hate speech.”
Tumblr announced on May 6, 2020, that it would remove 4.47 million reblogs from the platform and said most were from previously suspended accounts that violated hate speech policies. It also said it would consider “mass reblog deletion” in some cases. The company provided zero transparency regarding what was being deleted or who the “outside groups and experts” were that helped it determine “best practices.”
Tumblr also promoted an alleged campaign against misinformation starting in January 2020, which implied trusting a pro-life source over another medical source was incorrect and featured a pro-abortion actress as the face of its “authenticity online” advice.
- Roughly 4.47 million reblogs were removed in Tumblr’s new crackdown on “hate speech,” in May 2020. The company’s lack of transparency made it impossible to know if any politically incorrect speech was unfairly deleted.
- In early 2020, Tumblr introduced the blog “World Wide What” to teach people to spot fake news and information, be authentic online and help them make “a safer internet” for their online communities. Some of the included examples favored pro-abortion voices and implied pro-life voices were less trustworthy.
- Tumblr proved how much it loved Planned Parenthood in 2017, as employees donated $80,000 to Planned Parenthood Action (PPA). They also encouraged others to give to PPA.
- Joining forces with Twitter and YouTube, Tumblr promoted the Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV) in 2017. Tumblr tweeted “transgender rights are human rights.”