So much this. https://t.co/xyWcP8zqg1
— Mickey White (@BiasedGirl) May 10, 2016
So, you know how Facebook’s been busted for allegedly suppressing conservative content? Well, there’s only one way to fix it: Get the government involved!
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 10, 2016
More from the Washington Examiner:
“If Facebook presents its Trending Topics section as the result of a neutral, objective algorithm, but it is in fact subjective and filtered to support or suppress particular political viewpoints, Facebook’s assertion that it maintains a ‘platform for people and perspectives from across the political spectrum’ misleads the public,” Senate Commerce Committee chairman John Thune, R-S.D., wrote in a Tuesday letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
“Facebook must answer these serious allegations and hold those responsible to account if there has been political bias in the dissemination of trending news,” Thune said in a statement accompanying the letter. “Any attempt by a neutral and inclusive social media platform to censor or manipulate political discussion is an abuse of trust and inconsistent with the values of an open Internet.”
Thune, a senior member of GOP leadership, asked Zuckerberg to produce the “guidelines” and explain when they were developed, when they have been changed, and how the company tracks compliance with the guidelines. And he also wants to his team talk to the putative whistleblowers.
Because the government has nothing better to do than get involved in Facebook controversies?
No, it isn't the Senate's job to look into the Facebook "scandal"
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) May 10, 2016
senate has no business investigating facebook. none.
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) May 10, 2016
The Senate’s commerce and science committee needs to stay the hell away from Facebook, which is a private company. https://t.co/JHn78PTJWm
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) May 10, 2016
This is a ridiculous move by Thune. However angry ppl may be at Facebook, it is NOT an issue for gov https://t.co/ulbK5665mD
— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) May 10, 2016
It might be bad biz for media company to "suppress" content, but how is it Senate matter? https://t.co/j3XUKAYUXx
— Chris Foreman (@4manReports) May 10, 2016
FB is awful and may be manipulating public opinion, but I don't see how a government investigation is appropriate. https://t.co/GNfqsXXufP
— David Freddoso (@freddoso) May 10, 2016
@CNNMoney Isn't Facebook a private company. Why doesn't the Senate do their real job.
— Marie (@lawyer822) May 10, 2016
1) Facebook is private company so why does Senate have a say?
2) Isn't there bigger issues to deal with https://t.co/cLqrdvVcJl
— pronkville08 (@pronkville08) May 10, 2016
Facebook has every right to use-or abuse-its own platform. The Senate has no authority to investigate them.
The markets decide their fate
— Bob Owens (@bob_owens) May 10, 2016
Senate has no place investigating how a private company operates.
Facebook is bad. Let users decide if they care. https://t.co/lc1IhZ5XQA
— Adam (@GPIA7R) May 10, 2016
@mkhammer I agree. That's kind of scary, actually.
— Nick Pierce (@npierce84) May 10, 2016
Thune and his fellow busybodies are evidently doing their damnedest to destroy whatever shred of legitimacy the GOP has left.
Me when I found out the Senate was checking into Facebook pic.twitter.com/L5q8BXE7Bk
— Shoshana Weissmann (@senatorshoshana) May 10, 2016
— Ari Cohn (@AriCohn) May 10, 2016
Senate meddling in this is infinitely more egregious than Facebook's intentional/unintentional censoring. https://t.co/5vNX9tMAPy
— D-Shifty (@deanriehm) May 10, 2016
@philipaklein Not ridiculous from their perspective. Feeds their grievance narrative and diverts attention from important issues.
— Ellen Peskin (@ellenpeskin) May 10, 2016
— Jason Whitacre (@jwhit01) May 10, 2016
"We are the party of freedom. Now let's force Facebook to publish what we want them to publish."
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) May 10, 2016
— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) May 10, 2016
Senator Thune on the Fairness doctrine and congressional meddling with the internet, from 2009: pic.twitter.com/TyDOuAtgqB
— John Sexton (@verumserum) May 10, 2016
So much for that.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.