Facebook seeking 'like' for outreach to conservatives

Friday, January 11, 2019
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Facebook like buttonSocial media giants are being accused of anti-conservative and anti-Christian bias, and it's getting to the point where the government is being asked to step in.

Things seemingly came to a head in recent weeks when Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the late evangelist who heads Samaritans Purse, was punished by Facebook for a post that was years old.

"It just came out of nowhere. It just came out of left field," he told the "Fox and Friends" program. "All of a sudden I got a notification that we are blocked for something back in 2016."

The post, he said, defended North Carolina lawmakers introduced legislation that protects women and girls by barring transgender women --- biological men --- from women's public restrooms.  

Pushed to defend itself, Facebook said it was a mistake.

Franklin Graham preachingNational Religious Broadcasters, the powerful group that promotes faith-based progamming on the air waves, is asking for congressional hearings and is opposing a law that would shield the media giants from lawsuits.

"If they're going to take an active role in determining what the content is," says NRB President Jerry Johnson, "actually those protections probably ought to be removed."

Perkins

Facebook, meanwhile, has reached out to Tony Perkins, who heads the Family Research Council, for his advice and opinion.

"One of the things I communicated was that these accidents appear more and more frequently," Perkins tells OneNewsNow, "and so either they are failing to use the technology that they're promoting or there is an intent here."

Perkins told media watchdog Newsbusters that he suspects Facebook is only after good PR after it referred to him as a "consultant" after holding just one phone call. 

Social media is no longer a battle ground for ideas, Perkins tells OneNewsNow, but it's a war against conservative ideas.

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