Suspicious offer from social platforms: 'We're here to help'

Monday, August 17, 2020
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

vote key (on keyboard)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

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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