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This week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went after Facebook for its refusal to apply enough regulations to speech on its platform. Amid the conflict between President Donald Trump and Twitter, the issue of regulating content on social media has once again become a part of the national conversation. It seems that AOC is already at the forefront of the anti-speech initiative. Recently, she used one of the far left’s favorite tactics when she attacked Facebook.
Facebook and White Supremacists
On Thursday, AOC lashed out at Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. The company has received criticism for not having fact-checking policies designed to weed out supposed fake news on its platform.
On Twitter, the lawmaker addressed speculation that Zuckerberg’s decision was borne out of fear of clashing with the president. “Zuckerberg is not worried about being bullied by Trump,” she tweeted. “He is worried that Facebook’s PR operation is falling apart as it’s exposed that their platform relies on white supremacists & disinformation peddlers to be successful.”
She added, “They aren’t ignoring them. They’re protecting them.”
AOC’s comments come amid President Donald Trump’s decision to issue an executive order targeting social media companies that censor individuals based on political ideology. It was a response to Twitter’s new fact-check feature, which places a label on tweets the company deems false. It recently applied a label to one of Trump’s tweets that criticized mail-in voting. Trump responded by accusing the company of attempting to interfere with the 2020 election.
In a recent appearance on Fox News, Zuckerberg told host Dana Perino that Facebook would not implement a fact-checking feature to its platform. “We have a different policy, I think, than Twitter on this,” he said. “I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online. I think in general, private companies probably shouldn’t be — especially these platform companies — shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”
What Is AOC Playing at?
AOC is using the usual political attack strategy of the left. Instead of arguing about the merits of a fact-checking feature, she is accusing the business of racism. By linking the company to white supremacists, she hopes to shame them into complying with the far-left’s edicts.
The representative doesn’t seem to have thought this strategy through before posting her tweet. Is there any real possibility that the progressive left will be able to convince the American public to believe that Facebook is actually reliant on white racists? In a word, no.
However, this does not mean that the Marxist crowd won’t still find other ways to pressure Zuckerberg into capitulating to their censorious demands. But there are still plenty on the right who are already pushing back against the notion that the company should start silencing conservative voices even more than they already have, so it seems likely that it will be business as usual for the social media giant for the time being.
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