MRC: Twitter about as leftist as one can get

Thursday, June 4, 2020
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using Twitter (tweeting)Twitter says it's not going to "fact check" tweets anymore. Instead, the social media giant says it will focus on context to determine if a tweet violates their policies.

Twitter reframed it's "Twitter Safety" polices after flagging one of President Donald Trump's recent tweets that said: "When the looting starts, the shooting starts." The company said his tweet glorified violence.

Dan Gainor of MRC TechWatch explains that changing the focus from content to context gives Twitter more latitude to censor the president. "Right now, they'll do warning labels," he tells OneNewsNow, "but they're being pushed – and they're being pushed every day to restrict the President of the United States. The people who want to censor the president the most are the American news media."

It was only a week ago that Trump signed an executive order challenging legal protections that shield social media companies like Twitter and Facebook from lawsuits. That move came after the president lashed out at Twitter for applying fact checks to two of his tweets, in which he voiced his concerns about potential voter fraud in using mail-in ballots. Twitter had added below those tweets a link reading "Get the facts about mail-in ballots."

Gainor points out that mainstream news outlets have been ranting about the president's use of Twitter since he took office – and the social media companies have been right behind them, he adds, stopping just short of de-platforming the commander in chief.


"We've been doing analysis of the social media companies now for a few years, and far and away Twitter is the worst," the MRC spokesman offers. "It's run by lefties, it's staffed by lefties, and it pushes a left-wing agenda.

"We've always believed, in this country, that more speech is better speech. Even the left used to push this," Gainor continues. "Now they've shifted into, 'You offend me. You have no right to speech' [and] 'I can burn your building down, but you have no right to say I'm wrong.'"

He contends that the end-game for both the mainstream media and "Big Social" is to keep Donald Trump from a second term in office.

"We're only a few months from the election and they're not sure their guy's going to win," Gainor concludes. "So, they literally are running around begging Facebook and Twitter to shut down the president."

Trump relies heavily on Twitter to challenge his opponents publicly and has long accused the tech giants of targeting conservatives by fact-checking them or removing their posts. "We're fed up with it," the president said while signing the executive order last Thursday.


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