Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was relentless yesterday as he grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over the platform's alleged bias against outspoken conservative media personalities and publishers.
Cruz grilled Zuckerberg and various tech companies who purposely suppress conservative content while presenting themselves as a neutral platform. He cited the First Amendment, a Gizmodo article that listed conservatives affected by Facebook, and Section 230 of the Communications Defense Act of 1996 which "protects freedom of expression and innovation on the internet," or internet speech.
Here's what Section 230 says:
"No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider" (47 U.S.C. § 230).
Here's what Cruz said:
“Are you a First Amendment speaker expressing your views, or are you a neutral public forum allowing everyone to speak?” asked Cruz. Zuckerberg replied that while some content like terrorism and nudity is censored, Facebook remains a platform for "all ideas."
Cruz wasn't satisfied. “There are a great many Americans who I would say are deeply concerned that Facebook and other tech companies are engaged in a pervasive pattern of bias and political censorship,” asserted Cruz.
Cruz drew from several examples in which conservative ideas and stories were clearly suppressed in the News Feed including Diamond and Silk; stories about Glenn Beck, CPAC, Mitt Romney, the IRS scandal, and a Chick-fil-A appreciation day Facebook page that had been taken down.
See what Pat thinks of the exchange above.
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