Trump 2020 Campaign Puts Facebook And Twitter On Notice Over Conservative Censorship

Donald Trump's 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, along with Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, have written a letter calling for the CEOs of Facebook and Twitter to address concerns over conservative censorship ahead of the 2020 election, as well as a call for transparency.

The letter comes one day after a judge ruled that President Trump is no longer allowed to block Twitter users - deeming the platform a public forum, and that "the White House acts unlawfully when it excludes people from this forum." Consequently, will Twitter and Facebook be required to provide protections for conservatives whose voices are being muted? Parscale and McDaniel are now pushing for that, calling out the Silicon Valley behemoths for censorship.

"We recognize that Facebook and Twitter operate in liberal corporate cultures," the letter reads. "However, rampant political bias is inappropriate for a widely used public forum."

The letter notes "In 2016, former Facebook workers reported that they manipulated the “trending” section to exclude news tailored to conservative users, despite those topics trending on their own," while "A former trending news curator admitted in an interview that nearly all members of the trending news teams identified as liberal... Moreover, some Facebook employees in 2016 reportedly pushed to ban then-candidate Donald Trump’s Facebook posts and label them as hate speech" 

Meanwhile, conservative Twitter users have accused the company of unfairly targeting them, purging thousands of their followers in an attempt to stem “fake news” content, and unnecessarily prompting them to confirm their identity. Twitter claims its tools are free from political bias, but has allegedly targeted predominantly Republicans as part of a “shadow banning” practice, which covertly limits those accounts’ visibility on the platform.

The letter also points out that during congressional testimony, Facebook apologized for suppressing "Diamond & Silk," two popular Trump supporters with a highly popular YouTube channel, which the platform deemed "unsafe to the community" for no reason.

Parscale and the RNC note that Facebook is "working with a third party to encourage voter registration," and asks for transparency over how those advertisements are displayed in people's news feeds. "This is to make sure that the new feature does not become essentially an in-kind contribution to liberal candidates."

Since Facebook and Twitter are platforms used widely by the majority of voters, we request an explanation about how you will ensure all content is managed equally and fairly. How will you safeguard voters’ access to fair content on your platform? How will you guarantee that conservative voices are no longer censored, and conservative news no longer buried or otherwise hidden?

In an interview with Fox News, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Trump 2020 Campaign Manager Brad Parscale reiterated their concerns over conservative censorship: 

McDaniel: "It’s a legitimate fear. Brad and I hear it all the time as we’re traveling the country. People are very concerned that conservative voices are going to be suppressed on social media. Of course, many of their users are conservatives and so Brad and I feel preemptively, we have to get out ahead of this, talk to Facebook, talk to Twitter, ask them for transparency, let us know what you’re going to do to make sure that every voice has a say on these social media platforms especially before this critical midterm."

Parscale: "Every day I receive thousands of messages saying, “I’m being shadow-banned.” And what we want to do in this letter is make sure that we understand what's happening. We want to ask them for transparency. I think the public deserves that transparency and we need to know that conservative voices have a chance to get their message out. This is a big problem."

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Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Headquarters
1 Hacker Way
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Jack Dorsey
Twitter, Inc.
1355 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
 
Dear Mr. Zuckerberg and Mr. Dorsey,
 
We are writing on behalf of the Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign to request information about efforts by Facebook and Twitter to prevent political bias on the social media platforms.
 
Concerns have been raised in recent years about suppression of conservative speech on Facebook and Twitter, including censorship of conservative news stories from news feeds and “trending” news sections. We are alarmed by numerous allegations that Facebook has blocked content from conservative journalists and groups, and Twitter has hidden such content from conservative users’ followers.
 
In 2016, former Facebook workers reported that they manipulated the “trending” section to exclude news tailored to conservative users, despite those topics trending on their own. A former trending news curator admitted in an interview that nearly all members of the trending news teams identified as liberal – and had the authority to approve topics. Moreover, some Facebook employees in 2016 reportedly pushed to ban then-candidate Donald Trump’s Facebook posts and label them as hate speech.
 
During congressional testimony, Facebook apologized for suppression of content from conservative bloggers and personalities, notably “Diamond & Silk,” entertainers who were deemed “unsafe to the community” for no reason. In response to these revelations, Facebook said it will use a new system that ranks news organizations by level of user trust, promoting the highly scored outlets on users’ news feeds while suppressing those with lower scores. We are concerned about potential misuse of this system.
 
Meanwhile, conservative Twitter users have accused the company of unfairly targeting them, purging thousands of their followers in an attempt to stem “fake news” content, and unnecessarily prompting them to confirm their identity. Twitter claims its tools are free from political bias, but has allegedly targeted predominantly Republicans as part of a “shadow banning” practice, which covertly limits those accounts’ visibility on the platform.
 
We recognize that Facebook and Twitter operate in liberal corporate cultures. However, rampant political bias is inappropriate for a widely used public forum. What’s more, the consequences to our democratic society are profound. This is why special attention is necessary to address issues such as Facebook’s use of liberal organizations to fact-check content, the access to user profiles it gives to some employees, and Twitter’s manipulation of content that appears for the site’s users.
 
It has also come to our attention that Facebook is working with a third party to encourage voter registration. Though we agree that this is an admirable task in theory, we ask for transparency over how Facebook determines who sees these advertisements in their news feeds. This is to make sure that the new feature does not become essentially an in-kind contribution to liberal candidates.
 
Since Facebook and Twitter are platforms used widely by the majority of voters, we request an explanation about how you will ensure all content is managed equally and fairly. How will you safeguard voters’ access to fair content on your platform? How will you guarantee that conservative voices are no longer censored, and conservative news no longer buried or otherwise hidden?
 
As you conduct reviews to assess bias against conservative content, we ask for your assurances that transparency, neutrality, and protection of all speech will be core tenets of Facebook and Twitter operations, now and in the future.
 
We ask for your response by June 18, 2018, and look forward to hearing from you.
 
Sincerely,
 
Ronna McDaniel
Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee

Brad Parscale
Campaign Manager for President Trump’s 2020 reelection

Comments

Chupacabra-322 philipat Thu, 05/24/2018 - 21:47 Permalink

No, First Elimination of the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the CIA.

Then, these Intelligence Appendages the likes of youtube, Amazon, FaceFuck etc....will be dealt with. Not sooner.

They’re actually being dealt with now. Word is out via Project Veritas & other’s about their Deception, Deceptive practices, Fake News & PsyOps.

Their about to get their Cultural Social Engineering asses Kicked BIG TIME.

 

 

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The Management Zero Point Fri, 05/25/2018 - 03:37 Permalink

Should be simple for them to differentiate.

If it monopolistic - and a % of the population uses it - then it should be subject to free speech laws.

If the environment has many players and no clear monopoly like facebook, google or youtube - then fine that means there are equal alternatives. 

 

Not hard - plus penalties should be heavy! you sensor peoples speech blatantly en-masse - that should almost be the end of the company!

 

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BidnessMan bamawatson Thu, 05/24/2018 - 22:05 Permalink

Success in litigation mostly depends on the size of your wallet.  Fairness and justice have little to do with litigation success.  The big pockets lawyers just ramp up the spending until the litigant with the smaller wallet can't go on any longer. 

But still glad the Courts have decided that Social Media is a public utility.  The cockroaches running social media will not light the sunlight of transparency. 

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nmewn philipat Thu, 05/24/2018 - 21:09 Permalink

philpat, some people you just can't reach (apologies to Cool Hand Luke fans...lol) you just gotta try to beat it into them and sometimes even that fails.

One of the most depressing things I see & hear people say is "The government needs to do something!"

And that something will be done with enough caterwauling...usually for the worst.

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philipat E Ghost Thu, 05/24/2018 - 20:41 Permalink

Had these Companies respected the First Amendment and not become political tools, they wouldn't have had any problems. But in view of the path they have taken, to enforce their own Liberal biases as oligopoly private Companies, it is only a matter of time before they are regulated. And rightly so.

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E Ghost philipat Thu, 05/24/2018 - 20:50 Permalink

The only entity that has to respect the First Amendment is the government, and it should stay that way. You're inviting regulation of your own speech. If you can't handle Twitter and Facebook it would be easy enough for you to not use them but you'd rather be a snowflake about it. Say goodbye to whatever freedom is left on the internet.

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philipat E Ghost Thu, 05/24/2018 - 20:58 Permalink

Um, I NEVER have used any of them, other than Youtube casually via a VPN, but never with an account, for different reasons. I think you are missing the point. If all of these hugely influential Companies, together with almost all MSM are pushing the same political Agenda via direct censorship and selective coverage of only stories which suit their Agenda, then there is no more freedom of speech in the context of 21st century technology and its influence on society.

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E Ghost philipat Thu, 05/24/2018 - 21:04 Permalink

You strike me as the kind a person who doesn't give a fuck about society at large, so why the fuck do you care about what other people can or cannot see on websites you don't use? They'll come for ZeroHedge soon enough and it'll be the fault of those of you cheering for government intervention. Congrats! They just convinced you to love what you hate!

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E Ghost philipat Thu, 05/24/2018 - 21:42 Permalink

I'm not being inconsistent, just asking a question. Newsmedia have conducted political censorship since they came into existence and society has managed to survive and even includes opinions running counter to the MSM views. We don't need government action against or for anyone's speech unless it is the government that is preventing it. We just have different ideas about what government should be. I'll be fine, as will everyone, if Facebook disappeared effectively blocking all speech, the fact that it exists to allow some speech and not others doesn't change anything, just don't use it if you don't like it. You simply do not have the freedom to make someone else publish your speech, bake your fucking cake, take your photo, treat your booboos, or pay to kill your baby. Stop asking the government to force other people to do shit for you.

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Al Gophilia E Ghost Thu, 05/24/2018 - 21:08 Permalink

There is no freedom on the internet if you are being censured. WTF? Were you educated in a government school or something? The press is a public utility. Just because they are a relatively new entity in the "news" arena with catchy names, does not make them any less a public utility than the Washington comPost. They, as national and global opinion and news outlets, are held (now) to the same standards of other, more traditional propaganda outlets. Suck it and swallow, snowflake.

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E Ghost Al Gophilia Thu, 05/24/2018 - 21:17 Permalink

LOL. I don't care what facebook does. Snowflakes care about things, and get upset, and demand things be done. You and all the other morons cheering for more government are the snowflakes, all day bitching about facebook stealing freedoms from you, while you don't even use the website. You are all so full of shit, you just bitch all day about things that don't even affect you, the definition of a snowflake.

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Scipio Africanuz DeadFred Thu, 05/24/2018 - 21:24 Permalink

Trump is not perfect, in fact, he's flawed! Nevertheless, now, it's war! Justice is deserved even for those we disagree with. I disagree with all my heart, with Trump's foreign policy, but enough already with the sabotage. If folks don't understand the damage to the Republic, from their petulance, then they're enemies of the Republic.

Win, lose, or draw, now, we fight!...

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Al Gophilia E Ghost Thu, 05/24/2018 - 21:14 Permalink

It isn't about what government is controlling, it's what the law allows. That was a court ruling, not Trump or any other public servant dictating from a war room. The Supreme Court ruled that free speech and opinion shouldn't be blocked. That applies to these companies as well; it's not selective, snowflake. That's the opposite to your warped perception of the case. Did you miss "Reading For Comprehension 101" at grade school?

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E Ghost Al Gophilia Thu, 05/24/2018 - 21:25 Permalink

ZH'ers cheering Judicial actions and government regulation, what a world. I'm sorry you can't fend for yourselves anymore and need government to rescue you from websites you don't use.

>>The Supreme Court ruled that free speech and opinion shouldn't be blocked. That applies to these companies as well; it's not selective, snowflake. 

Tell me how your opinion doesn't apply to the NFL? Another company blocking speech broadcasted around the country. Don't be selective now.

Cognitive dissonance in 3..2..1..

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Singelguy E Ghost Thu, 05/24/2018 - 20:50 Permalink

Read the article again, CAREFULLY! A judge has ruled that Facebook and Twitter are PUBLIC FORUMS, as such they cannot restrict usage. They might be private companies but they are monopolies. The consumer has little choice to go elsewhere and get comparable reach and exposure. I agree that private companies have the right to do whatever they want, until they reach a point where they have an overwhelming market share that can prevent fair competition from even getting a foothold. At that point government needs to intervene and even the playing field. 

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