President Trump: "I think Google has really taken advantage of a lot of people... Google and Twitter and Facebook, they're really treading on very, very troubled territory, and they have to be careful. Its not fair to large portions of the population"
FRANCISCO — The post went up quietly on Facebook’s internal message
board last week. Titled “We Have a Problem With Political
Diversity,” it quickly took off inside the social network.
are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views,”
Brian Amerige, a senior Facebook engineer, wrote in the post, which
was obtained by The New York Times. “We claim to welcome all
perspectives, but are quick to attack — often in mobs — anyone who
presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning
the post went up, more than 100 Facebook employees have joined Mr.
Amerige to form an online group called FB’ers for Political
Diversity, according to two people who viewed the group’s page and
who were not authorized to speak publicly. The aim of the
initiative, according to Mr. Amerige’s memo, is to create a space
for ideological diversity within the company. …”
is going to give here.
Congress does nothing about this issue, the steady drumbeat of criticism
will sour half the country on mainstream social media platforms. This
will translate into a shrinking user base, declining engagement and the
eventual balkanization of social media as conservatives flee to other
platforms. Silicon Valley will have to choose between social justice
ideology and profitability.