The right-wing playbook against supposed liberal media bias is being used on tech giants with alarming effectiveness

On Sunday, The Washington Post reported how President Donald Trump and Republicans have used baseless charges of anti-conservative bias to create an increasingly conservative-friendly environment at Facebook. Nothing about the Post’s reporting is particularly surprising as Facebook’s many instances of right-wing favoritism and willingness to cave to conservative demands have been public knowledge for some time.

-Media Matters; 7/1/2020

GOP-endorsed congressional candidate used n-word in racist anti-Black rant on Facebook

Writer and GOP-backed House candidate Mike Cargile has frequently posted bigoted content on Facebook, including writing a racist rant in which he used the n-word and told Black people to “quit blaming white folks for your problems. Take your black ass out there and show them kids there’s a better way than husslin’ on the street.”

Cargile has also shared memes which questioned whether Muslim members of Congress are working with terrorists; stated that “2 illegal aliens having an anchor baby does not produce an American”; and suggested that LGBTQ people are leading to the end of days. (Cargile has shared his personal Facebook page on his campaign’s Facebook page.)*

-Media Matters; 6/30/2020

Facebook has profited from running racist “kung flu” advertising

Facebook has claimed that advertising on its platform “must not discriminate or encourage discrimination against people based on personal attributes such as race, ethnicity, color, [or] national origin.” However, the social media giant has run advertising for companies touting the racist phrase “kung flu” during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

-Media Matters; 6/24/2020

Armed white residents lined Idaho streets amid ‘antifa’ protest fears. The leftist incursion was an online myth.

As vigils and protest actions unfolded in Idaho this week, local officials across the state confirmed that not a single participant was known to have defiled a home or storefront in the name of “antifa,” a loose label attributed to far-left activists. Many of the rumors about violent protests originated from dubious Facebook posts, often shared widely and rarely debunked, residents there said.

-Washington Post; 6/4/2020

Mark Zuckerberg on leaked audio: Trump’s looting and shooting reference “has no history of being read as a dog whistle”

Facebook’s handling of Trump’s post — which included language similar to what segregationists used when referring to black protesters in the civil rights era — has divided employees at Facebook and prompted them to openly criticize Zuckerberg in a way they never have before.

-Vox; 6/2/2020

Mark Zuckerberg is a hypocrite and a Trumpist

In an interview with Fox News anchor Dana Perino, the Facebook founder and CEO chided Twitter for its decision to add a fact check to one of President Donald Trump’s tweets containing an unhinged conspiracy theory about rampant voter fraud. According to Zuckerberg, that’s not the kind of thing Facebook would do because the social media company is committed to free speech and letting people judge for themselves whether politicians are telling the truth. But as is so often the case when it comes to the Silicon Valley billionaires guiding our digital lives, he’s not being entirely honest about how Facebook has handled the Trump era.

-Media Matters; 5/28/2020

Zuckerberg Says Twitter Is Wrong to Fact-Check Trump

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg criticized Twitter on Wednesday after the microblogging platform fact-checked a tweet of President Donald Trump’s that claimed mail-in voting increases voter fraud.

Twitter tagged Trump’s tweets with the message reading, “Get the facts about mail-in ballots.” The message linked to a page contradicting Trump’s assertions. Studies have not shown evidence of widespread voter fraud via absentee ballots in the past. Twitter’s action marked the first time the platform has ever marked any of Trump’s tweets as misleading.

-Newsweek; 5/27/2020