(Tea Party PAC) – Social media platforms have taken it upon themselves to become the world’s appointed fact-checkers. They have really ramped up their efforts to combat supposed “misinformation” and “fake news” since the beginning of the coronavirus in the name of “public health safety.” Conveniently, their “fact-checking” always seems to be targeting conservatives and theories that just don’t mesh with the mainstream narratives.
If you dare post a scientific study done by actual scientists, doctors, or medical professionals that does not support the mandatory use of face masks, for example, it will likely be flagged and labeled as “false information.” Anything, no matter how true and sound it is, can actually be false as long as it goes against the left’s agenda.
Now, in the name of combatting “misleading campaign material,” Facebook is considering putting a ban on election-related ads prior to the 2020 presidential election in November. If you want to enjoy freedom of speech, the internet is not the place for you, especially if you’re a conservative. However, it’s the Democrats who are putting up the biggest fuss about this proposed new idea and it shows all they ever think about is President Donald Trump.
Bloomberg has more:
Facebook Inc. is considering imposing a ban on political ads on its social network in the days leading up to the U.S. election in November, according to people familiar with the company’s thinking.
The potential ban is still only being discussed and hasn’t yet been finalized, said the people, who asked not to be named talking about internal policies. A halt on ads could defend against misleading election-related content spreading as people prepare to vote. Still, there are concerns that an ad blackout may hurt “get out the vote” campaigns, or limit a candidate’s ability to respond widely to breaking news or new information.
This would be a big change for Facebook, which has so far stuck to a policy of not fact-checking ads from politicians or their campaigns. That’s prompted criticism from lawmakers and advocates, who say the policy means ads on the platform can be used to spread lies and misinformation. Civil rights groups also argue the company doesn’t do enough to remove efforts to limit voter participation, and a recent audit found Facebook failed to enforce its own voter-suppression policies when it comes to posts from U.S. President Donald Trump.
Facebook shares briefly dipped after Bloomberg‘s report, before recovering to close Friday at a record $245.07. Hundreds of advertisers are currently boycotting Facebook’s marketing products as part of a protest against its policies.
Ad blackouts before elections are common in other parts of the world, including the U.K., where Facebook’s global head of policy, Nick Clegg, was once deputy prime minister. A Facebook spokesperson declined to comment.
Facebook is an important platform for politicians, especially at a time when many people are stuck at home and campaign rallies pose potential health risks due to the coronavirus. In 2016, Trump used Facebook ads and the company’s targeting capabilities to reach millions of voters with tailored messaging, a strategy that some believe helped win him the election.
Trump won the election because of his ability to genuinely connect with the people. There was no underhanded manipulation of voters going on like the Dems love to insist.
If Facebook actually goes through with this, we don’t think it’s right but we will take a little comfort in knowing that the Democrats hate it even more. Which is how we know Facebook will never go through with it.