It’s *almost* like they want Trump to lose
In case there was still any question as to where Big Tech’s loyalty lies…
Not only is Silicon Valley dumping major dough into the 2020 election in the hopes of ousting Trump, but according to at least one report, social media behemoth Facebook has made it difficult for Trump supporters in Pennsylvania to organize. Coincidentally, Pennsylvania could be key in the upcoming election.
Byron York reports at the Washington Examiner:
It is hard to imagine the level of organizing that is currently going on without the social media giant.
Yet, at the same time, the very people who are using Facebook to organize pro-Trump events in Pennsylvania are also chafing under Facebook’s restrictions on their ability to discuss politics with like-minded people in their own state and around the country.
“Facebook shut me down twice in two days,” said Ed Kroupa of Penn Township, who is organizing Sunday’s turnpike rally. “They disabled my ability to share and post in other groups.” The Facebook crackdown happened after Kroupa posted articles that did not meet the approval of Facebook’s censors. And when, because of that, he was denied access to the site, that meant he was also denied the ability to organize as well. And that means there are times when he has no access to his main organizing tool. When I asked about events coming up in the next couple of days, Kroupa said, “I don’t know, I can’t get on Facebook right now.”
Mike Destro and his friend Dan Sudsina organized the September rally, which attracted about 1,200 vehicles. They created a Facebook page called the Pro-Trump NHT Rally, with NHT standing for North Huntingdon Township. “Facebook was huge in [organizing] that,” Destro told me. “We would not have been able to get that many people involved in it if we had not had a platform like Facebook.”
Now, Destro wants to keep the page going — it is a private group with 3,488 members — as a place where people can discuss the news. But he is constantly running into Facebook’s censorship. “I would love to go in there and start a discussion about the Hunter Biden emails,” Destro told me. “But Facebook is going to take those pages down.” Destro has also found that his members cannot mention the name of the man widely discussed as being the whistleblower in the complaint that led to President Trump’s impeachment. “You still can’t say it on Facebook,” Destro said.
Belle Mulhern, 18 years old, of Westmoreland County, became something of a star of the WalkAway campaign last summer, when she published (on Facebook) an account of her earlier support for Bernie Sanders and her conversion to conservatism and support for President Trump. She is also helping Kroupa organize the coming turnpike rally, which inevitably involves Facebook. But she, too, has had to deal with Facebook’s suppression of political speech. She discovered that when she started a small group, “Dissecting the Fake News,” in which she and her friends post news articles and discuss them. “Every day, I get at least one notification that this or that post was taken down because it violates community guidelines,” Mulhern told me. “It’s irritating.”
It’s more than irritating for Trump supporters engaged in a determined bid to overcome the odds against Trump’s reelection. Some of the supporters most inclined to get involved in organizing for Trump (on their own, without the assistance of the campaign or party) are also the most likely to run afoul of Facebook’s censorship. When Facebook cracks down on them, and locks them out of the site, it cracks down on their ability to organize for Trump.
Twitter and Facebook were hauled in front of Senate Committee this week, for whatever good it did. The ongoing censorship is incredibly concerning and of course, why Big Tech has a vested interest in installing Biden.DONATE
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