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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
The following article appeared in
Powerline on April 10th
Today Mark Zuckerberg testified
before a joint session of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees. Hanging
over his appearance was the question whether Congress will enact new
regulations on companies like Facebook. Zuckerberg was entirely
open to the concept; if you are a monopolist, submitting to regulation
simply cements your position. What is striking to me is the childlike faith
that so many have in “regulation.” What regulation seems almost
irrelevant. Whatever has recently gone wrong can be fixed, apparently, by a
regulation dictating the opposite.
But I want to focus on another aspect
of Zuckerberg’s testimony, when Senator Ted Cruz asked about liberal bias at
has video of Cruz’s questioning along with this summary:
Asked to explain
whether the site was truly neutral, Zuckerberg noted that it bans hate speech,
nudity and terrorist content. However, Cruz insisted it was biased.
“There are a great many
Americans who I think are deeply concerned that Facebook and other tech
companies are engaged in a pervasive pattern of bias and political censorship,”
he said. “There have been numerous instances with Facebook.”
Cruz cited a Gizmodo
report from May 2016 that he said showed the social media site “had
purposefully and routinely suppressed conservative stories from trending news,
including stories about CPAC, including stories about Mitt Romney, including
stories about the Lois Learner IRS scandal, including stories about Glenn
Cruz added that
Facebook had “initially shut down the Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day page,” as
well as a post from a Fox News reporter, some Catholic pages, and the page of
Diamond and Silk, after determining their content was “unsafe to the
Zuckerberg responded by
acknowledging–remarkably, I think–that Silicon Valley “is an extremely
left-leaning place.” But he denied any knowledge of the political views of
Facebook’s 15,000 or more content reviewers, and said that he personally is
committed to making Facebook’s platform accessible to people of all political
That might be true. But, as usual
when Congressmen and Senators question witnesses, the initial question wasn’t
followed up. If Facebook is a neutral forum, open to all, then why were Diamond
and Silk banned–on the absurd ground that they are “unsafe to the
community”–simply because they support the President of the United States? If
Facebook were motivated only by profit, it wouldn’t suppress a page that has
more than a million followers. Obviously, this was an act of left-wing
political activism. But no one at today’s hearing asked what Zuckerberg is
doing to prevent such leftist bias from infecting his company.
Here is a prediction: Congress will
enact regulations on platforms like Facebook. (Or, more accurately, on
Facebook, since, as today’s hearing confirmed, there aren’t any other platforms
like Facebook.) Those regulations will purport to satisfy privacy concerns, but
won’t do anything significant beyond what Facebook has already implemented. The
real issue–the impact on our political life of monopoly platforms that are
committed to political activism of a specific stripe–won’t be addressed.
Ed. Mark Zuckerberg claims to know absolutely NOTHING of the political views or biases of Facebook employees. Gee Whiz...they may all be former Reagan voters! Why does Congress even bother bringing people like Zuckerberg to testify?