over the past several months, conservative groups—including associates of President Trump— were often not penalized by
Facebook for violating its rules because people at the company worried
about the perception of anti-conservative bias,
The Post examinedposts and ad spending along
with internal Facebook documents. It found accounts that included Donald
Trump Jr. and a pro-Trump super PAC were shielded from the platform’s
most serious enforcement actions. For instance, according to the Post,
Facebook removed a strike against Trump Jr. on Instagram — which is
owned by Facebook— that would have led to him being labeled a “repeat
offender” and could have meant a permanent ban under platform rules.
Facebook did not immediately reply to a request for comment from The Verge on Sunday.
Conservatives have repeatedly complained about what they see as anti-conservative bias on social media, including Facebook.
what he sees as “total command & control of Facebook, Instagram,
Twitter and Google,” by the “Radical Left,” and last May, the White house launched a now-inactive tool for Americans to “share their stories of suspected political bias” with the president.
But there’s a little evidence that such bias exists. In fact, The Wall Street Journal reported last month that facebookto its news feed algorithm in 2017 to reduce the visibility of left-leaning news sites like Mother Jones on its platform. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg endorsed the plan.