Conservatives and even some moderates have long expressed concerns regarding a perceived bias against or even censorship of views contrary to the social media industry’s prevailing progressive ideology.
As Breitbart senior tech editor Allum Bokhari chronicles in his new book, evidence collected over several years reveals that Big Tech companies and their allies in the media are clearly silencing dissenting voices — and it could cost those on the right this November.
“They’ll be rightly furious”
In #Deleted: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal the Election, Bokhari lays out the ways he says major companies — Google, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, among others — engage in the censorship of ideas that do not align with the leftist view.
He goes on to link those efforts to a potentially noticeable impact on the upcoming elections.
The book, which went on sale earlier this week, included information he has collected through his own research as well as a network of anonymous sources and whistleblowers providing their accounts of tech giants using data as an ideological weapon.
One Google whistleblower signaled the perceived significance of the revelations found in the book, predicting that when “voters find out what Big Tech companies have done to meddle in the coming election, they’ll be rightly furious,” according to a report from Breitbart.
Leaked audio recordings and documents make up a significant portion of the book’s content, including the so-called “Google Tape,” which features top executives for that company lamenting President Donald Trump’s 2016 win and vowing to work toward limiting him to one term.
“Censor, delete, or disappear information”
“The Good Censor,” a leaked internal document, essentially admits that Google and others agreed to use a form of censorship to shift narratives and moderate online speech, Bokhari argues.
Within YouTube, the book contains evidence showing that the video streaming platform reduces exposure to pro-life and certain other conservative content. Furthermore, Facebook reportedly maintained an internal “Hate List” that included a number of prominent conservative thinkers and signaled a perceived need to keep a close eye on the content they posted.
Of course, Bokhari is hardly the first to broach the topic of censorship within the realms of social media and tech companies.
Earlier this year, Trump signed an executive order meant to address concerns that “Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube wield immense, if not unprecedented, power to shape the interpretation of public events; to censor, delete, or disappear information; and to control what people see or do not see.”
Nevertheless, Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow said that Bokhari’s scoop manages to “hold the most powerful people on Earth accountable.” Only time will tell whether those same individuals will attempt to limit exposure to his book.