In the week leading up to the midterm elections, the Big Tech giant would not let advertising related to electoral, political, and social concerns be changed. This is a component of what Facebook refers to as election “safeguards” that will be used to monitor and censor material during the week leading up to the midterm elections.
In a press release, Nick Clegg, the global affairs president of Facebook and a former member of the British House of Commons and leader of the Liberal Democrats, said that Facebook is one of the most widely used platforms for the dissemination of political news. It must “defend elections online” as a result.
“Meta makes significant investments to safeguard elections online at all times, not just during election seasons. In the last year alone, we spent around $5 billion on safety and security, and we have hundreds of employees permanently ensconced in more than 40 teams to carry out this task. We use the lessons we learn to keep ahead of developing risks with every significant election throughout the globe, including national elections this year in France and the Philippines,” according to the press release.
Facebook also intends to delete material that allegedly spreads “misinformation about the dates, places, hours, and procedures of voting, challenges the legitimacy of elections, and encourages people to skip the polls.” Additionally, anything that contains “calls for violence relating to voting, voter registration, or the administration or result of an election; falsehoods about who may vote, whether a vote will be counted, and eligibility for voting; will also be deleted.”
Facebook also boasted about the steps it has made to remove material that contains alleged “hate.”
“Our teams have discovered and dismantled scores of networks that have tried to meddle in US elections. We battle both foreign involvement and local influence operations. In the first quarter of 2022, we banned more than 270 white supremacist groups and took down 2.5 million pieces of material worldwide associated with organized hatred on Facebook. Nearly 97% of the information we deleted was discovered by our algorithms before it was reported, according to the press statement.”
An arm of the managerial state is Big Tech. Stop there.
When it becomes practically hard for the petty dictators to implement anti-free speech legislation, social media firms are more than prepared to push the sinister objective of the ruling class. One thing the Right has to grasp is that. The divide between the public and private sectors is no longer relevant because of the altered political environment we now find ourselves in.
To completely defend free expression online from repression, both in the private and governmental spheres, it is up to America First nationalists to propose the solution of passing an Internet Bill of Rights. Right-wing internet conversation will completely disappear if Big Tech is not reined in. In this scenario, the cultural Left will be permitted to control political discourse and push their agenda with little to no opposition.