Big tech acting as Dems' Pravda
Twitter Safety said in a tweet this week that it limited distribution of the New York Post's story because of its 2018 policy that "prohibits the use of our service to distribute content obtained without authorization." A bogus standard they seem to apply only when it comes to protecting Democratic candidates like Joe Biden from damaging stories -- not the president, his family or administration.
An obvious double standard that illustrates how these social media networks are not the neutral gatekeepers they pretend to be.
For example, the left-wing New York Times' recent release of President Donald Trump's tax records -- allegedly obtained from hacked and/or unauthorized sources -- was not blocked by Facebook or Twitter. The same is true with the secret recordings of First Lady Melania Trump that were deceptively distributed by a former aide yet given free rein by the same networks. Twitter and Facebook allow the hashtag #MelaniaTapes to trend without incident.
But a story that dings Joe Biden during a presidential election?
That gets aggressive blocking and tackling by Big Tech's henchmen.
This shouldn't surprise anyone given the far-left political leanings of those who work in Big Tech including the head of site integrity at Twitter, Yoel Roth. In January 2017, Roth compared the Trump administration to Nazis by tweeting: "Today on Meet the Press, we're speaking with Joseph Goebbels about the first 100 days...--What I hear whenever Kellyanne (Conway) is on a news show."
On Oct. 28, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are scheduled to testify before the Senate Commerce Committee. Will Senate Republicans and attendant members of Congress permit these almighty monopolistic platforms to continue its wide-ranging abuses?
Or will they finally protect the most sacred pillars of a Democracy -- free speech and free elections?
Adriana Cohen is a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.Copyright 2020 Creators Syndicate, Inc.