Skip to comments.Cruz Grills Zuckerberg on Facebook's Censorship of Conservatives
Posted on 04/11/2018 7:27:10 AM PDT by Kaslin
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday about whether or not the social media platform was biased against conservatives. Zuckerberg acknowledged that Cruz raised a fair concern but insisted that Facebook was committed to being a platform for all ideas.
"There are a great many Americans who I think are deeply concerned that Facebook and other tech companies are engaged in a pervasive pattern of bias and political censorship," Cruz said.
He read off examples of Facebook suppressing conservative speech, starting with former Facebook employees admitting to suppressing conservative news in May of 2016. Cruz brought up Facebook shutting down a Chick-fil-A appreciation page and most recently censoring Trump supporters Diamond and Silk.
Ted Cruz to Zuckerberg: Is there Facebook political bias? (video)
"Senator, let me say a few things about this, Zuckerberg replied. First, I understand where that concern is coming from because Facebook and the tech industry are located in the Silicon Valley which is an extremely left-leaning place and this is actually a concern that I have and that I try to root out in the company is making sure that we don't have any bias in the work that we do.
He said that it was a "fair concern." Cruz then interrupted to ask if any pages from Planned Parenthood, Moveon.org, or Democratic candidates, had been taken down by Facebook.
Zuckerberg replied that he was "not specifically aware" of any of those pages being censored.
Cruz asked if Zuckerberg was aware of the political orientations of the 15,000 to 20,000 people Facebook has working on security and content review.
"No, Senator, we do not generally ask people about their political orientation when they are joining the company," Zuckerberg said.
Zuckerberg concluded his exchange with Cruz by insisting that Facebook is committed to a free exchange of ideas.
"I am very committed to making sure that Facebook is a platform for all ideas," he insisted. "That is a very important founding principle of what we do. We're proud of the discourse and the different ideas that people can share on the service. And that is something that, as long as I'm running the company, I'm going to be committed to making sure is the case."
Yellow-teefed lying fascist pinhead.
All words, and not under oath.
This ain’t testimony; it’s conversation.
And all BS.
Ted Cruz and Dick Durbin were just about the only ones we needed to hear from.
Typical leftist defense. Say one thing. Do another.
Because defending the right to bear arms, in the Constitution, is far worse than the right to kill babies, NOT in the Constitution. Liberalism is a mental disorder.
What did Dick Durbin say?
Is he sitting on his booster seat today?
but yeah, more kabuki
Who has the bs meter
Now would not this have been awesome if Ted trotted out Diamond and Silk and have them ask this POS directly why they were considered “a danger”.
but yeah, more kabuki
Agree....OR had cRuz or ANY R Senator ask about MZ’s/FB’s lapdog participation in 0’s re”election”!!!
So tired of these “Look how wonderful Lyin Ted was at the FB hearings” treads.
Where are these fine Senators lining up to show support for POTUS and outrage against Mueller/Rosenstein for what is happening to POTUS? Nothing but silence, from this gang.
Zuck had a booster seat, btw. I kid you not.
...gang of thieves.
“Zuck had a booster seat, btw. I kid you not”.
These Senators do not care.
FB is a private entity. They can censor whom they will. Just like FR can censor as well. I wouldn’t suggest .gov telling FR how to operate their business.
Even Cruz was grandstanding. He mentioned “Diamond and Silk”, but failed to ask numbnuts just how they pose a safety risk to the “community” - whatever the hell that is.