(PatriotHeadline.com)- Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has asked Facebook to censor President Donald Trump’s messages and those of his campaign.
But Facebook resoundingly declined, summing up their reasoning in one simple statement:
“There is an election coming in November and we will protect political speech, even when we strongly disagree with it.”
Biden’s campaign sent an open letter to Facebook last week, accusing the social media platform of taking “no meaningful action” for using “its platform to improve American democracy rather than as a tool to spread disinformation that undermines our elections.”
Biden further said the company “continues to allow Donald Trump to say anything — and to pay to ensure that his wild claims reach millions of voters. Trump and his allies have used Facebook to spread fear and misleading information about voting, attempting to compromise the means of holding power to account: our voices and our ballot boxes.”
Biden’s campaign didn’t stop there, though. In addition to accusing Facebook of not doing enough to censor Trump and his supporters, they made suggestions to the company that would “fix the problems.”
The open letter read:
“We call for Facebook to proactively stem the tide of false information by no longer amplifying untrustworthy content and promptly fact-checking election-related material that goes viral.”
Facebook also needs “to stop allowing politicians to hide behind paid misinformation in the hope that the truth will catch up only after Election Day. There should be a two-week pre-election period during which all political advertisements must be fact-checked before they are permitted to run on Facebook.”
The Biden campaign asked “for clear rules — applied to everyone, including Donald Trump — that prohibit threatening behavior and lies about how to participate in the election.”
But Facebook was having none of what the Biden campaign was suggesting. The company responded, saying:
“[W]e live in a democracy, where the elected officials decide the rules around campaigns. Two weeks ago the President of the United States issued an executive order directing Federal agencies to prevent social media sites from engaging activities like fact-checking political statements. This week, the Democratic candidate for President started a petition calling on us to do the exact opposite.”
If politicians want social media sites to regulate advertisements, Facebook said, then the government should pass similar laws to what are already in place with broadcast networks, “where the U.S. government prohibits rejecting politicians’ campaign ads,” the company said.
In the past, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook “shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online. Private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”
That being said, Facebook also recently created an Oversight Board that will wield a lot of power in determining what content is acceptable for the site and what content should be taken down. It’s a board that conservatives are worried about as Newsbusters points out:
“Facebook’s Oversight Board will have the final say on content that gets taken down or left up. With only two conservative voices on the board, conservatives are already poorly represented, and that only scratches the surface of the board’s problems. Some of the new members of the board are so radical that they undermine the board’s neutrality.”