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A new study of big tech censorship claimed that online companies such as Google, X, and Meta had censored President Biden's opponents who are running for the Oval Office 162 times.
Topping the list, according to NewsBusters, were Republican candidate Vivek Ramaswamy and newly independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.. The Republican was censored 18 times, while RFK Jr. was censored 17 times. These numbers did not include any community notes added to messages on Elon Musk's platform X.
Third on the list was Nikki Haley (14), followed by Larry Elder (13) and Donald Trump (nine). President Biden was reportedly censored by big tech platforms seven times, as were six other candidates such as Chris Christie and Ron DeSantis.
Young Turks host Cenk Uygur was even noted on the list as being censored twice, while the Green Party's Jill Stein was hit with one infraction.
Nearly every major platform participated in the alleged censorship: Google/YouTube, Facebook, X, Instagram, LinkedIn, and TikTok all reportedly engaged in at least one act of alleged censorship of at least one candidate. Google was reportedly the worst for this and censored every candidate except for President Biden.
This totaled 112 different acts by the search-engine giant.
Ramaswamy was censored chiefly by Google, which reportedly included not showing his campaign website on the first page of search results. As well, Google AI allegedly left him off a list of presidential candidates for 2024 when prompted by researchers.
Ramaswamy was also hit by a flurry of context labels for his comments on climate change in YouTube videos. As well, LinkedIn temporarily suspended his account in May 2023 for three specific posts that allegedly violated the platform's user agreement.
Ramaswamy said that "the CCP is playing the Biden administration like a Chinese mandolin" in one of the posts. LinkedIn told Media Research Center that it restored the candidate's access to his account after it took the action "in error."
Ramaswamy called it "an intentional act of censorship."
The censorship runner-up, Kennedy Jr., had seven videos deleted by YouTube for speaking about COVID-19, vaccines, and the assassination of his father.
Google's AI chatbot didn't much care for Kennedy either and allegedly left him off lists of 2024 presidential candidates, as well as a list of 2024 specifically Democratic presidential candidates, despite the fact that he was polling higher than Governor DeSantis for the former and was second to President Biden in polling for the latter.
Also according to the report, X applied at least 115 community notes to posts made by 2024 presidential candidates.
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