An investigation run by House Foreign Affairs Committee leader Representative Michael McCaul has revealed that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is getting away with spreading all kinds of anti-American propaganda on social media even as conservatives are continually targeted with censorship.
What was discovered is that even the most stringent platforms are barely even trying to filter out Chinese misinformation, all the while silencing voices that oppose the LGBTQ indoctrination of innocent children, as one prominent example.
Twitter, as you might expect, was determined to be the worst when it comes to filtering out CCP propaganda and misinformation, including the unsubstantiated claim by Chinese officials that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) originated in the United States rather than in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
Facebook is also guilty of letting CCP propaganda slide, even while it targets Trump campaign advertising that some left-wing extremists claim contains “Nazi symbols.” This double standard was fully unpacked as part of the investigation, exposing an unprecedented degree of corruption within the Silicon Valley cabal of social media corporations.
While all of the major social media platforms are guilty of this double standard, Twitter is both the worst and the most uncooperative when it comes to rectifying it. Congressional staffers who contributed to the investigation did not beat around the bush in describing Twitter’s blatant rejection of fairness, honesty and transparency.
“Of all the companies we engaged with, Twitter is the platform most heavily abused by the CCP,” the investigators revealed. “Twitter only applied a factcheck label to the Tweet about the virus originating with the U.S. military after it had been on the platform for more than a month.”
“They are the most unwilling to do anything to stop the CCP from spreading harmful misinformation or provide transparency through labels that inform users they are viewing content from a state-funded or state-directed media outlet,” they added.
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To add insult to injury, Twitter indicated that the reason it censors President Trump instead of communist China is because the president is a “prominent voice” and a “top priority.” Communist China, on the other hand, is not really a concern for Twitter.
Twitter’s failure to maintain even an illusion of consistency and neutrality ultimately earned the platform a D- on the investigation’s final score card. YouTube earned a slightly higher C- grade because the Google-owned platform at least applies labels to known Chinese propaganda and government disinformation accounts.
At the same time, YouTube does not actively block communist officials and news outlets from the platform, nor does it remove associated questionable content. And at best, YouTube only applies labels to a fraction of the CCP propaganda that crosses its platform, hence the dismal C- rating.
Facebook earned the best score out of all the platforms, earning a C+ for its consistency in labeling propaganda as “state-funded information.” The propaganda outlets that get this label on Facebook include China Daily, Xinhua, and CGTN, all of which are leading purveyors of government-approved propaganda.
As for propaganda pertaining to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), according to the investigation report, Facebook does not “currently plan to take down content flagged by the staff or take sufficient action to prevent the CCP from using Facebook to spread propaganda and lies about COVID-19.”
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