For much of the last three years, there have been constant complaints about the censorship that conservatives have faced online, particularly in the realm of social media.
One of the most prominent sources of this grief is Facebook, who have deployed a number of algorithms and “fact checkers” in attempts to quell the online popularity of American conservatism. Alternative media outlets, right wing personas, and even some governmental figures have found themselves on the receiving end of Facebook’s hardcore liberal bias.
Now, somewhat inexplicably, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is asserting that this morass of leftist thinking is somehow working to help Donald Trump win reelection in 2020, and that in doing so, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has demonstrated his authoritarian and “Trumpian” characteristics.
Clinton aired her own conspiracy theory in an exchange with Jeffrey Goldberg, the Atlantic’s editor-in-chief, at an event hosted by Emerson Collective at the Sundance Film Festival. Reporter Adrienne Lafrance wrote of the exchange:take our poll - story continues below
Listening to Clinton, I was struck by how remarkably similar her account was to something Zuckerberg had once told me. Facts, Zuckerberg had suggested, are best derived from foraging many opinions, ideally from the billions of humans who use his publishing platform, so that each individual might cherry-pick what to believe. (Cherry-pick is my word, not his.)
I wrote at the time that Zuckerberg’s interpretation was unsatisfying for one thing, and Trumpian for another. When I asked Clinton today whether she too sees a Trumpian quality in Zuckerberg’s reasoning, she nodded. “It’s Trumpian,” she said. “It’s authoritarian.” (Facebook did not immediately provide a response to my request for comment from Zuckerberg.)
It has trumpeted its ability to affect the outcome of an election. There’s good reason to believe, Clinton said, that Facebook is “not just going to reelect Trump, but intend[s] to reelect Trump.”
Clinton has been vying for an ever larger chunk of the spotlight as of late, as the prominent Democrat was unable to muster the support necessary to launch a bid for the presidency herself in 2020.
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