Suspicious offer from social platforms: 'We're here to help'
Monday, August 17, 2020
Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)
Facebook says it's going to flag every post that has to do with an election and refer users to what they're calling a "Voter Information Center." At least one media watchdog admits being suspicious about the plan.
The purpose of the Voter Information Center, according to Facebook, is to be a one-stop-shop for information on how to register and vote, help register poll workers across the country, and register four-million new voters before November.
That's all well and good, says Dan Gainor of MRC TechWatch – but he's keeping an eye on them.
"All of a sudden these [social media] companies got super-involved in the election. They say this is a feel-good [effort], [that they] simply want more people to vote, etc.," Gainor tells OneNewsNow. "But alternately, it's always worth watching [them] because some of the organizations that they work with are not exactly bipartisan."
The MRC spokesman cites an example: "Facebook works with a group called Democracy Works [which is] funded by all sorts of lefties, and you kind of [think] 'Oh, I'd be suspicious of that.' I'm suspicious of things that the one side funds and the other side doesn't."
Gainor admits it's an improvement from Facebook's last election-related effort. "To be fair to [them], they had instituted a really bad policy," he shares, "and the new thing that they've launched actually counters that bad policy about mail-in voting."
But he's quick to mention that doesn't necessarily mean the social media giants are getting a conscience. For example, Twitter took up the pro-mail-in-voting scheme. Taken together, Gainor says "Big Social" has an enormous effect on elections.
"It's really worth questioning: Are they doing election tampering?" he suggests. "If Dr. Robert Epstein is right – if just Google alone can turn millions of votes by how it returns search results; if Big Tech decides to elect a candidate – can we ever have a free election ever again?"
Epstein is a psychologist who testified before Congress that Google influenced millions of undecided voters with a search engine that provided more positive results for some candidates. He is a Democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. (See related story)
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