Since May 2018, Facebook and Twitter have censored President Trump 65 times. On the other hand, social media giants completely left Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden unchecked. This is according to a new study by the Media Research Center.
“Big Tech has caused serious damage to President Donald Trump’s ability to be heard on social media. Twitter and Facebook have censored the president’s social media accounts and the accounts belonging to his re-election campaign at least 65 times. In contrast, the companies have not censored… Joe Biden and his campaign accounts. At all,” MRC analysts Corinne Weaver and Alec Schemmel wrote in a blog post.
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According to Weaver and Schemmel, “Twitter composes the bulk of the problem” – having 98% of all the instances of censorship.
The blog post explains that Media Research Center’s Techwatch department examined two years of social media posts from the two candidates as well as their respective campaigns, excluding any ads from PACs or super PACs that made ads in favor of one of them. The study focused on social media posts from the campaigns. The numbers were from May 2018 to October 16, 2020.
“Twitter has been far and away the biggest offender, labeling, fact-checking, and Trump’s tweets and the tweets from his campaign accounts 64 times since the president’s election. Tweets about the president’s concern over mail-in voting, COVID-19, and the Black Lives Matter protests have been given ‘public interest notices,’” Weaver and Schemmel wrote.