[UPDATED] Matt Gaetz Wants Facebook Investigated for “Censoring Conservatives”
This article has been updated to reflect changes previously referencing the activist group Project Veritas and these edits in no way affect the original facts. There is no intention of mischaracterizing Project Veritas, and the language Project Veritas found to be offensive has been removed.
Facebook has increasingly drawn the ire over Liberals in the past few years. In the run-up to the 2016 election, the site took a relaxed attitude towards removing fake articles from their site. As the disinformation spread, the Trump campaign was able to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars in donations.
Still, some Conservatives think that Facebook does more harm than good for them. Among those people is Matt Gaetz. On Tuesday, the Florida congressman sent a letter to William Barr asking that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg be investigated for lying to congress.
The controversial lawmaker is concerned with a statement made by Zuckerberg in 2018. When being questioned by Ted Cruz, the tech mogul claimed:
“I understand where that concern is coming from, because Facebook and the tech industry are located in Silicon Valley, which is an extremely left-leaning place. And this is actually a concern that I have, and that I try to root out in the company, is making sure that we don’t have any bias in the work that we do. And I think it is a fair concern that people would at least wonder about.”
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) July 27, 2020
Gaetz is claiming that controversial activist group Project Veritas has proven these statements to be untrue. The group is known for its self-ascribed “muckraking” style of reporting.
The Florida congressman said of their recent “infiltration” into Facebook, “According to the Veritas report and undercover footage, the adjudicators were outspoken about their political bias against Republicans and actively chose to eliminate otherwise-allowable content from the platform and from public view simply due to its political orientation.”
Attorney General William Barr has yet to reply to the letter.