A new study published Monday shows that President Trump has been overwhelmingly targeted by censors at Twitter and Facebook when compared to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Fox News reports.
“Big Tech has caused serious damage to President Donald Trump’s ability to be heard on social media. Twitter and Facebook have censored the president’s social media accounts and the accounts belonging to his re-election campaign at least 65 times. In contrast, the companies have not censored… Joe Biden and his campaign accounts. At all,” MRC analysts Corinne Weaver and Alec Schemmel wrote.
The media watchdog group went through all social media posts by Trump, Biden and their campaigns from May 2018 through Oct. 16, 2020, and found that Biden was “untouched” while Trump was censored 65 times.
“Twitter composes the bulk of the problem, with 98 percent of all the instances of censorship,” Weaver and Schemmel wrote, as Twitter came under fire when it chose to censor major headlines about the Biden family, particularly when it came to the New York Post’s story about Hunter Biden’s corrupt business dealings with Ukraine.
“Twitter has been far and away the biggest offender, labeling, fact-checking, and Trump’s tweets and the tweets from his campaign accounts 64 times since the president’s election. Tweets about the president’s concern over mail-in voting, COVID-19, and the Black Lives Matter protests have been given ‘public interest notices,’” Weaver and Schemmel wrote.
“This censorship goes back as far as the beginning of the Trump presidency,” Weaver and Schemmel added. “The Trump campaign’s accounts have also been struck by censorship on Twitter.”
The study indicates that Facebook has censored Trump five times over the same time frame.
“Each time, the platform has made the statement that it opposes whatever Trump and the campaign have said or stood for,” Weaver and Schemmel wrote. “A video attacking Antifa was removed from the platform, because it violated the platform’s ‘organized hate policy’ for featuring an upside-down red triangle. The ad asked supporters to sign a petition and ‘stand with your President and his decision to declare ANTIFA a Terrorist Organization.’ The ad was removed from both the president’s page and his campaign’s page.”
The researchers noted that “multiple violent Antifa pages” remain on Facebook.
Last week Senate Republicans, Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham and Josh Hawley called on Twitter, Facebook bosses to testify amid claims of the two social media giants censoring reporting critical of Democrats and said a subpoena was in the works.
“It has no precedent in the history of democracy. The Senate Judiciary Committee wants to know what the hell is going on,” Cruz, R-Texas, said.