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Thomas Gallatin / September 10, 2020

Another Example of Big Tech’s Censorship Double Standard

Facebook and Twitter refuse to remove a deceptively edited pro-Biden ad.

We have long noted the censorship practices of the Big Tech social media companies and their clear bias against conservative content creators — or, more accurately, their bias against anyone who doesn’t conform to the Left’s social and political ideology. Content creators have regularly criticized Google, Facebook, and Twitter for their censorship practices, often bringing up the fact that Big Tech’s application of its own content standards is rife with hypocrisy.

Big Tech has once again practically flaunted that double standard, refusing to pull a political ad that engaged not only in overt misrepresentation but in outright deception. Now, this wouldn’t be an issue if Facebook and Twitter hadn’t declared that they would police and censor any political ads that promoted “misinformation.” However, having created this policy, one would think they’d at least attempt to apply the rule fairly — especially if an obviously fake political ad is brought to their attention. Instead, both companies showed just how in the tank they are for Joe Biden.

And the excuse they used to justify not pulling the deceitful Biden-endorsing ad? It was obvious satire, so it can stay.

The original Trump campaign ad that circulated last month depicts a woman silently flipping through a serious of cue cards in which she notes several of Biden’s leftist policies, concluding with the final two cards stating, “I’m afraid to say this out loud,” and, “I won’t risk my children’s future with Biden.”

Using the same exact ad, an anti-Trump group known as the Republican Voters Against Trump manipulated and modified the message on the cue cards the woman flips. Now, she appears to say that voting for Trump in 2016 “was the biggest mistake of my life.” The final two cards read, “I’m not afraid to say it out loud anymore,” followed by, “I’m voting for Joe Biden in November.”

There is no obvious indication that the ad is intended as satire — because it’s not satire. It’s a clear instance of propaganda, and it’s precisely the type of political disinformation that supposedly motivated Big Tech companies to set themselves up as the “facts” police. When organizations seek to control and limit speech rather than promote and protect it, they inevitably end up promoting disinformation while they claim to be protecting people from it.

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