As President Donald Trump departed from the White House for the Thanksgiving holiday, a reporter asked him about the bias exhibited by Facebook. That’s when Trump boldly reminded the journalist where Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s daughter works.
According to The Daily Caller, President Donald Trump reminded a reporter that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s daughter works at Facebook after the reporter asked the president about bias on the social media platform.
“Schumer’s daughter works for Facebook, which I just found out today,” Trump said. “And if you look at what Facebook’s been doing, they have some real explaining to do. How they are so Democrat oriented — all of them.”
The president was referring to the blatant censoring of conservative voices on the social media platform, particularly those which are strong supporters of the president. Facebook has shut down several large conservative pages and personal profiles, alleging that they were purveyors of so-called “fake news” and performed “unauthentic” behavior.
However, most of them simply expressed opinions that the liberal executives at the social media giant do not agree with. Some would argue that this is a blatant violation of the 1st Amendment since Facebook serves as a virtual town square.
The New York Post reported on Saturday that Facebook has donated to the campaign chests of Chuck Schumer, and the company also employs his youngest daughter in a high-paying position:
What does it take to friend a U.S. senator? If you’re Facebook, all you need is about $50,000 in donations – and a cushy job for the politician’s daughter. Facebook employees, including some at the top of its corporate pyramid, have helped fill Schumer’s campaign coffers – and he’s returned the favor by carrying water for the social media giant in Congress, according to a recent report.
And Alison Schumer, the senator’s youngest of two daughters, works as a Facebook product marketing manager – which pays an average of $160,000, according to Glassdoor.com. “It sure looks hinky,” political strategist Susan Del Percio told The Post. “This is an industry that’s been trying for years to fend off heavy government regulation by actively cultivating relationships with senators and House members.”
Last week, it emerged that Schumer has been a strong advocate of Facebook on Capitol Hill. He pressured Sen. Mark Warner (D- Virginia), one of Facebook’s most aggressive challengers in Congress, to back off from investigating the company.
Facebook may be fighting it tooth and nail, even going so far as to bankroll the family members of influential lawmakers, but eventually, regulation will be necessary. The company is a monopoly of the most dangerous kind — they control what information you are allowed to see — and they are by no means bipartisan.
In fact, they have proven that an agenda is more important than their bottom line by shutting down conservative companies which previously made them millions of dollars.
Most people do not watch the nightly news in order to stay informed. Instead, they log onto Facebook to see what’s going on. And what do they see? A steady stream of anti-Trump articles from far-left sources that are certainly not unbiased.
While these liberal outlets have seen sustained and even increased profits thanks to Facebook allowing them to reach millions of users, conservative outlets have not been so lucky; many have been forced out of business after seeing their revenue drop by as much as 90 percent.
Indeed, it is overwhelmingly clear that Facebook supports one point of view and one point of view only. When they have a monopoly on the information you are allowed to see, that is incredibly dangerous.
If you are concerned that a handful of Russians might have influenced the outcome of a national election, then you ought to be horrified about what a tech giant could be capable of doing when they are the ones deciding what information you do and do not get to see.