Facebook and Twitter have censored President Trump 65 times since May 2018, while Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has gone completely unchecked by the social media giants, according to a new study by the Media Research Center.
The Media Research Center’s Techwatch unit went through all social media posts by Trump, Biden, and their campaigns from May 2018 through October 16, 2020. They found that Biden was “untouched” while Trump was censored a staggering 65 times.
“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.
Weaver and Schemmel then listed examples of Twitter censorship, including removing tweets about the drug hydroxychloroquine, various memes being vanished from the platform, and the infamous crackdown on the New York Post bombshell about Hunter Biden.
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, Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, and Josh Hawley called on the heads of Twitter and Facebook to testify. They said a subpoena was in the works.