Joe Biden Calls on Facebook to Censor Trump’s Page
Biden campaign says President's page is pushing 'false claims'
Former Vice President Joe Biden has demanded that social media platform Facebook censors President Donald Trump's page, alleging it's used to push false or misleading claims.
Biden's campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon wrote a letter to the social media giant asking them to take specific action to censor what Trump can broadcast in posts.
"As I am sure you will agree, it is absolutely vital that the American public clearly understand what it is that Facebook has so far committed — or declined — to do in order to protect against abuse of its platform to suppress the vote or incite violence," the letter reads.
"The course of public statements and adjustments to your policies governing misinformation have generated considerable confusion about where matters stand and the extent to which Facebook has made meaningful changes."
The Biden campaign cites a Washington Post report that Facebook officials "have been involved in making political judgments about how policy changes might offend 'right-leaning publishers.'"
The letter argues that data shows “conservative-leaning outlets were pushing more content that violated [Facebook’s] policies."
Last month, Facebook removed ad content posted by Trump's campaign, alleging the posts violated the company's "hate speech" policies.
The campaign ran advertisements that condemned leftist groups, for promoting violence and rioting across America, while encouraging people to sign a petition opposing violent far-left group Antifa.
The posts included an inverted red triangle that a Trump campaign official said is used by members of Antifa.
The President's use of social media has been a target for critics over recent weeks.
Last month, Trump was fact-checked by Twitter for suggesting mail-in voting leads to fraud.
A few weeks later, Twitter hid Trump's tweet regarding protests following the death of George Floyd saying it glorified violence
But Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pushed back on using the same actions as Twitter.
“I don’t think that you build a company that gives people a voice like this if you don’t believe that individuals having a voice is a good thing,” he said in late May.
"But broadly speaking, we try to give people as much latitude and having a voice as possible."
Anti Trump critics blasted Zuckerberg for his refusal to censor the president.
"And a lot of those FB employees are PISSED about what he has been doing, there have been massive walkouts," said Matt Haney, a city councilmember in San Francisco.
"This isn’t an attack on FB employees at all; it’s in solidarity. I bet a lot of them, maybe majority, would agree that their CEO’s name shouldn’t be on SF’s public hospital."
In June, Facebook faced backlash after content moderators were caught in an undercover video sting operation, admitting to anti-conservative bias and targeting supporters of President Donald Trump.
Investigative activist group Project Veritas published footage of moderators who appeared to boast about deleting content from Trump supporters or users "wearing a MAGA hat."
"If someone is wearing a MAGA hat, I am going to delete them for terrorism," one of them brags on video.