Down With That Sorta Thing
- Dec 22, 2003
There are NO First Amendment issues here, never have been and people who claim there are have never read the Constitution.I think your well aware that Facebook will never reveal stats on this. One of the reasons their First Amendment RIghts are under question. Just bloody google it and you will see thousands of reports on it, just a few below:
Survey results like this article talks to.
My independent team of investigators looked into the complaints, and the company has taken action.www.wsj.com
Literally so many cases of bans, suppression and demonetization on Google, Twitter, Youtube and Facebook. Even recently Youtube has been called out for banning, demonetizing or de-listing in searches creators content, mostly conservatives. it's also why a lot of content makers are abandoning the platform to safer havens. But they lose out monetarily by doing so.
When the social platforms do get caught or called out, they just explain instances away as an error. Anyway, the way it is going there will be another Senate hearing after the next election which unfortunately Orange Man will win with a majority in both houses. Once that happens I believe they will go after the social media platforms and rewrite their rules for them with oversight.
Everything else is just noise (and FWIW the most likely reason for demonitization or a ban on any social media site, by a country mile, is IP or copyright violation).
Here's the thing; if you want to pay for it, Facebook ans Twitter's stats are an open book; you can find out about bans etc. through Open Graph etc. f you're prepared to pay the money and do the legwork (Google not so much), and I have no doubt that the Republicans and the Dems and anyone else with an axe to grind and deep pockets has done just that, and found....noise, no statistically significant political banning trends whatsoever. This is the flipside of the cognitive reinforcement bubbles that Facebook creates; just like anything you don't like/agree with gets forced out of your feed, any transgressions by Facebook that affect your interest group seem overly magnified, because you're simply not seeing any other experiences. Facebook is an extremely bad thing for public discourse but its not because they're going around banning opinions they don't like.