Facebook Actually Does Something Right To Address Anti-Conservative Bias
Facebook is notoriously known for their anti-Conservative bias and censorship of Conservative organizations.
Last year, the social media giant agreed to undergo an audit to evaluate the censorship or lack thereof of a large variety of Conservative though ranging from Christianity, to Republicans, and criticisms of the government.
According to The Daily Wire,
In a positive move, Facebook, which has been heavily criticized for its perceived anti-conservative bias, is taking steps to address the issue after former Arizona GOP Senator Jon Kyl led a team examining many aspects of Facebook that conservatives considered problematic.
In an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal, Kyl acknowledged that Facebook itself had asked him to conduct a survey of conservatives to find what their problems were with Facebook. Kyl stated, “Facebook placed no restrictions on how I could conduct the work. My team at the law firm Covington & Burling LLP began conducting interviews in May 2018. We cast a wide net to include as many aspects of conservatism as possible – from organizations focused on Christian values or protecting free expression to those focused on tax policy and small government.”
Facebook is at least feigning the act of wanting to act is the people’s best interest by rolling out new tools and features such as being able to clear your history to keep you from being tracked so much.
Fox News reported,
The Menlo Park, Calif. firm conducted the year-long audit in consultation with 133 conservative organizations or politicians and was led by former Republican Sen. Jon Kyl. It found that interviewees had concerns about Facebook’s content distribution and algorithms, content policies and enforcement, ad policies and ad enforcement, and workplace viewpoint diversity.
“Facebook insists that it is committed to safety, equal treatment and building community. …This may involve some tradeoffs between safety and free expression, we do not believe there is any need to cut off robust diversity of thought,” Kyl stated in the report. “Indeed, conservatives consistently expressed the view that, while platform users should be protected from harm, no one has a right to not feel offended or to be immune from criticism.”
While this is certainly a step in the right direction we can’t stop here.
In the full audit, there are a number of things mentioned that Facebook could make changes to including providing greater transparency.