During his testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees on Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg was facing fierce allegations about Facebook’s censorship of conservatives.
Most recently, there have been reports of censorship for well-known Trump supporters, Diamond and Silk, who have over one million Facebook followers.
“Facebook routinely suppressed conservative stories from the trending news … initially shut down the ‘Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day’ page … and most recently blocked Trump supporters Diamond and Silk’s page, with 1.2 million Facebook followers,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said to Zuckerberg during his Tuesday hearing. “To a great many Americans, that appears to be a pervasive pattern of political bias,” Cruz continued. “Do you agree with that assessment?”
Facebook notably labeled the famed commentators, Diamond and Silk, as being “unsafe to the community.”
“What is ‘unsafe’ about two black women supporting Donald J. Trump?” Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) questioned Zuckerberg.
“Are you aware of any ad or page that has been taken down from Planned Parenthood?” Cruz fired at the CEO.
“Senator, I’m not,” Zuckerberg admitted. “But let me just — ”
“How about MoveOn.org?” Cruz continued.
“I’m not specifically aware of those,” Zuckerberg conceded again.
Zuckerberg insisted that “there is absolutely no directive” to have “any kind of bias in anything we do” when pressed about Facebook’s algorithm favoring liberal content over conservative news.
“Facebook’s goal is to be a platform for all ideas,” Zuckerberg added.
“A great many Americans are deeply concerned Facebook and other tech companies are engaged in a pervasive pattern of bias and political censorship,” Cruz stated.