While appearing before a House committee on Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg got schooled by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., after a faux pas in which he seemed to carelessly lump the popular pro-Trump duo Diamond and Silk with terrorists.
“I’d like to ask you, do you subjectively manipulate with your algorithms to prioritize or censor speech?” she asked.
“Congresswoman, we don’t think about what we are doing as censoring speech. I think that there are types of content like terrorism that I think we all agree we do not want to have on our service. So we build systems that can identify those and can remove that content and we’re very proud of that work,” Zuckerberg said in an apparent effort to dodge the question with a generic answer.
Blackburn, however, didn’t appreciate his response.
“Let me tell you something right now. Diamond and Silk is not terrorism,” Blackburn shot back. She wasn’t able to pursue the matter further since she was already at the end of her time limit.
Here’s video of the entire exchange:
Reaction on Twitter was predictable:
It's BS how #MarkZuckerberg is being allowed to run out the clock with these disingenuous '#Facebook is restricting terrorism!' denials. Everyone knows that's NOT what people are worried about.https://t.co/IhDI3A0pWS
— PaulFrantizek (@FrantizekPaul) April 11, 2018
Another person added:
Have you noticed #Zuckerberg never fully responds to conservative censorship issues that have been extremely well documented occurring on Facebook (Twitter too)?
— PlanetBuz (@PlanetBuzzing) April 11, 2018
Either that, or he’s was trying to avoid another showdown like he had with Sen. Ted Cruz.
There is, however, another possibility. Maybe he really does think that those who support Donald Trump are like ISIS…
- Zuckerberg says ‘unsafe’ designation of Diamond and Silk an ‘error,’ but was it accidental?
- GOP Sen. Tim Scott shreds Facebook for censorship: Diamond and Silk are hardly ‘unsafe to the community’
- Video of the Day: Watch Ted Cruz corner Mark Zuckerberg on censorship of conservatives, Diamond and Silk
- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Meltdown Mode Over $70 BILLION in Lost Market Share
- New Facebook alternative gives conservatives a ‘site with a purpose’ without the censorship
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