Poll shows broad support for investigating social media companies

 December 14, 2022

House Republicans have said they will investigate allegations of censorship and election interference by social media companies during the 2020 election. A new poll suggests that plan has widespread support. 

According to Breitbart, the survey was conducted by Rasmussen Reports among 1,000 likely voters between Dec. 8 and Dec. 11.

Just over half

It found that 66% of respondents voiced support for a congressional investigation of social media companies, with 43% saying they strongly support the move. In contrast, only 26% expressed disapproval, with 13% expressing strong opposition.

At 86% approval, Republicans were by far the most likely to back an investigation. However, just over half of Democrats (52%) did so as well. Interestingly, just 14% of respondents overall argued that it is "social media sites are engaging in political censorship."

The poll also shows that support or opposition to President Joe Biden correlated strongly with whether respondents considered "misinformation" on social media to be a serious problem.

The survey found that "[a]mong voters who Strongly Approve of Biden’s job performance as president, 74 percent say misinformation on social media is a Very Serious problem, compared to just 36 percent of those who Strongly Disapprove of Biden’s performance."

Twitter files shows censorship

Those findings came in the wake of Twitter owner Elon Musk having released internal company documents to journalists like Matt Taibbi.

In one example, a Twitter employee discussed having "handled" a problem for the Biden campaign by deleting objectionable tweets.

"Extraordinary steps"

The material also showed that Twitter took extraordinary steps to suppress reporting on Hunter Biden's abandoned laptop just weeks before voters went to the polls.

This included "removing links and posting warnings that it may be 'unsafe,'" actions that the platform would normally take when dealing with malware and child pornography.

Taibbi wrote, "White House spokeswoman Kaleigh McEnany was locked out of her account for tweeting about the story, prompting a furious letter from Trump campaign staffer Mike Hahn, who seethed: 'At least pretend to care for the next 20 days.'"

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