Project Veritas has exposed rampant censorship inside Facebook, using hidden cameras it has been able to record moderators boasting about deleting any posts or comments that would support President Trump or conservative causes in general.
Political bias is rife among the moderators—one was heard saying she deletes all Republicans in her queue. “Yes! I don’t give no [expletive], I’ll delete it,” she said.
The same moderator added she leaves any anti-Trump posts up, even if they violate Facebook policy. “You gotta take it down but I leave it up,” she said. “If you see something that’s not supposed to be up, it’s probably me.”
When moderator Lara Kontakos was asked about posts that supported President Trump she said, “If someone is wearing a MAGA hat, I am going to delete them for terrorism,” and glancing at other moderators she added, “I think we are all doing that.”
One main content reviewer, Steve Grimmett, said Facebook is “a very progressive company, who’s very anti-MAGA.”
Facebook insider Zach McElroy told Project Veritas, “We are essentially in charge of what gets said and what gets stifled.”
McElroy, as a Veritas undercover reporter, used hidden cameras to record interaction with Facebook moderators in their offices. Moderators happily admit to regularly deleting any conservative content, while keeping anti-Trump content, regardless of it violating Facebook policy.
“Zach McElroy’s story raises serious doubts about the Capitol Hill testimony of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who gave lawmakers the impression that his company only takes content that could cause harm, such as relating to terrorism or hate speech, but never for politics,” said James O’Keefe, Project Veritas’s founding CEO.
“Facebook and other social media platforms are protected by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act because they claim that unlike traditional publishers they do not actively edit content—they say they are like the phone company just stringing wires on poles,” said O’Keefe.
“Facebook’s $400 billion market capitalization is tied to this protection and our report shows for the first time anywhere Facebook’s robust and human-directed process for restricting the marketplace of ideas, which calls into question their CDA 230 immunity,” he said.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress in April 2018, that Facebook is a politically neutral platform, and any employees who are biased and restricting speech will be dealt with.
Rep. Stephen J. Scalise (R.-La.), the GOP whip, asked Zuckerberg if Facebook’s artificial intelligence program was unfair to conservatives.
Scalise: You can determine whether you want to write an algorithm to sort data, to compartmentalize data, but you can also put a bias in if that’s the directive. Was there a directive to put a bias in? And first, are you aware of this bias that many people have looked at and analyzed and seen?
Zuckerberg: There is absolutely no directive in any of the changes that we make to have a bias in anything that we do. To the contrary, our goal is to be a platform for all ideas.
The recent revelations from Veritas cast a shadow of doubt on Zuckerberg’s testimony, as it has been shown that moderators do indeed remove political content related to the president.