HYPOCRISY! Cruz, Buck Condemn Facebook for Censoring Trump, Allowing Chinese Propaganda

June 16th, 2021 10:24 AM

Conservative lawmakers condemned Facebook for censoring former President Donald Trump while simultaneously allowing the Chinese Communist Party to post propaganda freely on its platform.

When asked for their reaction to a Media Research Center (MRC) study that showed how freely Facebook lets Chinese state-controlled media push propaganda on its platform Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) scolded the social network for its hypocrisy and censorship. “We must break up Big Tech,” Buck said. Cruz appeared to agree, suggesting that Facebook’s behavior is “outrageous” and that it has been giving a “free pass” to Chinese Communist Party propaganda.

“Facebook has de-platformed the President of the United States, censored the New York Post’s accurate reporting on Hunter Biden and information on the origins of COVID-19,” Buck told the MRC. “However, they are allowing Chinese propaganda to thrive on their platform.”

Cruz also lit into Facebook. He told the MRC that “Facebook has lost all credibility when it comes to fact-checking and elevating the truth.”

Facebook has let 40 accounts run by Chinese propaganda outlets acquire a following of over 751 million users on its platform. China has restricted its own citizens from using Facebook, which makes the massive following amassed by Chinese propaganda accounts alarming. An AP-Oxford Internet Institute investigation showed “for the first time that large-scale inauthentic amplification has broadly driven engagement across official government and state media accounts, adding to evidence that Beijing’s appetite for guiding public opinion — covertly, if necessary — extends beyond its borders and beyond core strategic interests, like Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang.”

Cruz criticized Facebook for allowing communist China to push misinformation on the platform about its human rights violations against Uyghurs, while simultaneously censoring the 45th president of the United States.

“Facebook continues to give a free pass to the Chinese Communist Party’s state media accounts that peddle absolute lies, including about the Uyghurs, who the Chinese Communist Party has put in concentration camps,” Cruz told the MRC. “In America, Facebook has positioned itself as the arbiter of truth and political speech. They have banned a former leader of the free world, President Trump, and censored Americans who dared to wonder if the COVID-19 virus escaped from a Chinese lab.”

Nonetheless, Facebook has done little to restrict accounts run by Chinese state-controlled media outlets. Facebook failed to label 17 out of 40 accounts run by Chinese state-controlled media on its platform. Such a failure is a blatant violation of Facebook’s own policy mandating the social network label accounts run by state-controlled media operations.

Conservatives are under attack. Contact Facebook headquarters at 1-650-308-7300 and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.