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Voter suppression from media and big tech in 2018


BreitbartJust a few weeks before the vote, big tech stopped multiple Republican politicians from reaching their digital grassroots and energizing their voters. An ad by the pro-life Susan B. Anthony list on behalf of Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee was blocked by Facebook. Blackburn’s own campaign ad, which featured far-left protests, was refused by Google, a company whose own internal research admits to a “shift towards censorship” by tech platforms.

A day before the election, Facebook also blocked a pro-Republican ad from Donald Trump highlighting the illegal migrant caravan making its way through Central America to the U.S. border. Facebook chose to stand with the legacy media, including CNN, Fox, and NBC, in stopping the ad from reaching its intended audience.

Selectively blocking political ads from reasonably mainstream politicians running for office is about as clear an example of unacceptable censorship as you can get. While individual websites and publicans should be free to refuse ads for pretty much any reason, when you achieve a dominant market share for your ad platform, different rules apply.

This entry was published Thu Dec 06 06:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-11-29 13:31:44.0. [Tweet]

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