Facebook’s billionaire founder is triggering the Left, and surprising conservatives, over the issue of censoring unpopular and controversial opinions.
Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center did a double-take when he heard Mark Zuckerberg express the decidedly non-liberal view that the way to counter unpopular speech is by allowing more speech, not by censoring it.
Speaking at Georgetown University Law School, and later in a Fox News interview, the controversial tech guru said Facebook will not censor controversial or even misleading political speech, a reference to President Trump’s re-election ad targeting Joe Biden.
“We're seeing people across the spectrum try to define more speech as dangerous,” Zuckerberg told the law school, “because it may lead to political outcomes that they see as unacceptable.”
While saying there is reason to “worry” about an “erosion of truth,” he continued, tech companies should not decide what is “100 percent true” and people should be allowed, in a democracy, to hear what politicians are saying.
In a Fox News interview, Zuckerberg shot down the suggestion by Sen. Kamala Harris that Twitter should shut down President Trump’s account.
“In a democracy,” Zuckerberg replied, “I don’t think that we want private companies censoring politicians and the news.”
And how did the Left respond?
“I don't know how you can be happy as someone -- the proprietor of a company -- that your company is essentially spreading misinformation,” complained CBS News anchor Anthony Mason.
“Zuckerberg defends allowing misinformation in campaign ads,” reads a headline from The Hill.
The Hill story recalls the Democratic National Committee asked Facebook to remove a “false ad” that accuses Joe Biden of using the office of vice president to drop an investigation of the Ukrainian company that employed his son, Hunter.
Yet the story by The Hill engaged in its own questionable truth-telling: the story states Trump is accusing Biden “without evidence” of corruption, yet numerous other media outlets have pointed to footage of Biden openly bragging about pressuring Ukraine’s government to fire the prosecutor as the “evidence” in question.
“I think this is good news,” Gainor tells OneNewsNow. “We've been dealing with the battle against online censorship of conservatives for a couple years now and it's been a big fight.”
Zuckerberg was already drawing complaints from the Left after news website Politico reported he has been meeting privately over the summer with conservative leaders such as Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Sen. Lindsey Graham to hear their views about free speech and media bias.
Liberals want to “shut down” their political opponents online, Gainor adds, on the belief that eliminating opposing views ensures they will win.